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Scientists Create Cybernetic Links Between People—by DJing

Scientists Create Cybernetic Links Between People—by DJing | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

“Our research—the notion of feedback and complex systems—informs everything we do. A DJ and an audience are a cybernetic system, controlling each other’s state.


Via Complexity Digest
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From a government to a society, to a DJ and an audience....to a Master/Mistress and a "slave", it's all the same stuff.

 

It's a dialectic; a dialogue without words.  It's motion, it's energy, action, perception....everything that relates to a human(s)-human(s) relationship.

 

It's amazing to me that so many of the people who hold power at the moment seem to have no conscious or sub-conscious conception of these principles.  That's how they're going to be thrown out by the mob, just because of their ideological views and their incorrectly perceived self-interests.  They just know the brutal, the club.  They seem to neither know or understand anything about the energy dynamic that's at stake between the two "sides".

 

Incredible that so many people could rise without knowing or understanding or comprehending or even wishing to know, comprehend and understand these things.

 

Silly people.

 

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Topics in social network analysis and network science

This chapter introduces statistical methods used in the analysis of social networks and in the rapidly evolving parallel-field of network science. Although several instances of social network analysis in health services research have appeared recently, the majority involve only the most basic methods and thus scratch the surface of what might be accomplished. Cutting-edge methods using relevant examples and illustrations in health services research are provided.

by A. James O'Malley, Jukka-Pekka Onnela

arXiv:1404.0067 [physics.soc-ph]


Via NESS, Complejidady Economía, Bernard Ryefield
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A very cool and comprehensive look at how networks can be analyzed, studied and examined.

 

Way cool science!

 

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GOP Governor Signs Ban On Minimum Wage Increase

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill Monday prohibiting cities across the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage and employee benefits, including vacation or sick leave days.

Advocates of the new law contend that efforts to increas...
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Even Adam Smith argued and observed, that when wages are high and profits are low, the economy is growing as a whole, while when wages are stagnant or in decline and profts are high, the economy's doing poorly.  When people are able to spend, they generally do so on a wide variety of goods and services.  When money is spread out over the field of society, it tends to do a better job at growing everything (thus expanding the pie) than if it were piled on in one particular corner of the society.

 

The economy can't afford greed and neither can the society or the polity.  The Republicans may be able to get some people to eat their own feces and smile while doing so.  But the general sentiment of humanity is just going to get worse as things slowly pick up for everyone while the very few get more than they can hope to spend in a lifetime.  This is how David Ricardo came to the conclusion that, since employers typically aren't going to pay workers according to the value of their work (as defined by the net profits that are realized from their work), that it is up to the state and its law enforcement apparati to enforce a minimum wage, based on what is produced in the economy at any given time. 

 

The banks aren't lending the money that the businesses are putting into them, nor are dividends being paid out or wages being paid according to their actual value.  The firms may be profit maximizers, and that's a good thing.  However, if they're not harnessed to the well being of the society, they are merely a bucking bronco about to throw themselves off a cliff, rather than produce work that is valuable to the rest of human society (and for themselves as well).  This will all end in tears unless something changes in the rich and politically powerful, just because a few morons though it was wise to take so much from so many.

 

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Ukrainian troops blocked in town

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Ukrainian troops entering an eastern flashpoint town are blocked by civilians, while Nato announces it will beef up its defences.
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As I mentioned earlier, when this whole thing was starting:

 

The Russian Ukrainians are organically going to resent the loss of President Yanukovych, regardless of whether you like him in the West or not, and you're going to have to overcome that disagreement and those cultural/linguistic differences through political inclusion and discussion.  This whole thing could have been avoided, I think, if the Ukrainian government in Kiev welcomed the Russians into the transition process with an equal voice.

 

As a Western power, I would have been advising the Ukrainian government as such, along with reaching out to Russia to include them in the transition as well.  In the end, it's going to take Ukraine, the EU and Russia to help with Ukraine's economic crises, and all geo-political and strategic plans would have been set aside in order to accomplish this.  Russia would need assurances that we weren't going to bring Ukraine into NATO and possibly the EU.  It's in everyone's interests, including Ukraine's, that Ukraine remains neutral, both for international and domestic reasons.  It did not do for the Ukraiian government to have ultra-nationaiists goosestepping around Kiev and other Western Ukrainian cities, it didn't help them that no Russians were included in the cabinent and it didn't help them that they did not start and persist with a rhetoric of engagement, inclusion and warmth towards all people involved in this crisis, including Russia and the Russian people of Ukraine.

 

Anymore force from the Kiev government will only drive the Russians of Ukraine into the embrace of Vladimir Putin.  Anything more will only lose the industrial and coastal sectors of Ukraine for Ukraine.  Like it or not, accept it or not, acknowledge it or not, these people's voices are present, and they're voting with their feet and their actions against the Ukrainian incursion into their territory.  Like it or not, you're going to have to accept the geo-political, social, cultural and economic realities of the situation.  It's stupid not to and you don't realize your core interests.

 

The West has no leverage in this situation, except for the moderating advise that we could be giving the Ukrainian government in Kiev and the reassuring courses of action that we could be giving to Vladimir Putin.  It's about striking the middle ground where both can live together, not trying to take everything for your own self and sake.  It's stupid to not work towards that end, and it's a sign of weakness, idiocy and poor prioritization and sensing on the part of the parties who ignore reality and try to make things be different in a nonsensing manner.

 

Honestly, what is so hard about acknowledging the needs and opinions of other people, regardless of how you feel about them?  Not so wise.  Not so smart.

 

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The Science of Governing

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I'm shocked that the Chinese Communist Party has not looked into Confucism as a serious ethic for governing!  For that matter, many of his principles are universal laws of politics and governing that should be read, discussed and contemplated internally by those who wish to hold power over others in any field.  For without the constant check on ones' own self and situation, it is impossible to make the decisions that enable a faction or a person to stay in power for very long, let alone, at all.

 

Notice how most Chinese dynasties only lasted a few centuries or decades.  Even the CCP has only been in power for about 65 years, and they're slowly spending their social capital with the people in ways that they will not receive a positive return from the people they're governing.

 

All thanks to the grasping for relative power and wealth, and nothing more.

 

Silly brains.

 

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Homeless housing scheme 'a success'

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The "Housing First" project allocates rented flats to homeless addicts and alcoholics, without insisting they go through rehabilitation first.


Via Tim Pope, Jocelyn Stoller
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This is encouraging,  It is my understanding about these kinds of things that it takes years, potentially a lifetime to overcome.  I could be wrong, having thankfully not been an addict myself.  But it makes sense that when you're able to maintain a healthful environment for your own self that you'd be better able at recovering from your mental illness and/or addiction problems, even if you are going to experience set backs, redirections and changes along the way.

 

I wonder how they're going to advance the notion of helping these people kick the habits that they're on, if they're willing to do so and if this is, at least in part, a government funded program.  It would be nice if the society as a whole would direct a sustained effort towards helping solve these social/psychological problems that people have, such that we all can live happy, healthy and productive lives on this planet.  If you believe in Jesus, what we do to the least among us is the same that we would do onto him.  If you don't believe, than doesn't a disregard for these folks just make you kind of an a-hole?

 

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Is Violent Radicalisation Associated with Poverty, Migration, Poor Self-Reported Health and Common Mental Disorders?

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It's not the poor, the ill-educated or the traumatized who seem to align with violence and conflict, but rather those who have grown up not knowing real hardship of one form or another, or haven't had their sense of consequence aligned with their own actions, due to age or socio-economic status.

 

This is an n of one.  However, it would be interesting to see whether these findings replicate across conflicts and cultures.  I wonder if the story is the same for the English radical nationalists, or for other violent hate groups across Europe, European societies and over across all human societies.

 

Could it be that those who have never understood or experienced real hardship be unable to empathize with others when they are in plight, and thus, choose an incorrect path towards healing and helping others in a genuinely effective way?  How can a doctor who has never been really sick be truly able to empathize with his/her patients in most cases?

 

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Measuring the Intangibles: A Metrics for the Economic Complexity of Countries and Products

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Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, it is when you're able to produce a wider variety of goods and services, that you're able to see your economy grow.  You see it in countries, cities, businesses, etc.  Literally, it involves starting with something that makes you money and then husbanding that money and investing it wisely into things that will either make you more money or will provide another kind of value for your people.  The government, the businesses, individuals and not for profit groups can all play a role in developing the economy into something that is able to provide a quality of life for people.  It all starts with agriculture and the production of food and wealth.  From there, you can invest in manufacturing and/or other raw material production.  From there, you can invest more in your people than you ordinarily would have, if you're successful with your investments from the root investments out.

 

Profit is just the cream that comes on top of what is earned and what is produced.  It does not do to leave it idle or focused on increasing itself for small-self sakes, especially when there's a whole host of environmental and social problems that are going to persistently come up.  Where do the gigantic profits that companies are realizing go to, after they've been produced?  What happens to the +$600 billion in net profit that Apple realized not to long ago?  If it goes to the banks to invest with, what investments are they making to the economy, the society or to the environment to make our lives actually better, individually and collectively?  I'm not talking about providing free stuff for people, but rather, where is the compensation to people for the work that they've done in the economy or for the investments that they've made in the economy?  Where are the rising wages to match the rising value of labor in the economy (as defined by the production of profit)?  And, how is it that no one has thought to deprioritize the realization of net profit, when it doesn't seem to do be used often for the improvement and betterment of human society (when left to laissez-faire)?

 

This is only a hypothesis as to how it can function.  It does not do for a society to be soley dependent upon production and export of one thing, anymore than it makes sense to have all of your investments placed in one firm or fund.  It does not do to have a culture that emphasizes spending on foreign luxury goods, but to have one that invests in the production capability of a given society.  The pie must be allowed to grow, and the growth that is realized must be shared out, albeit with incentives at the top, to all those who produced the growth in the pie.  The economic growth must be yoked to the whole society's well being, rather than be allowed to run rampant over society for the small-self sake and benefit of the rich. 

 

That is, arguably, what is moral.

 

That arguably, is what is practical.

 

That arguably, is what will save the rich people and ideologues from themselves and their own warped perceptions of how the world works for the sake of their own interests, in the fullest sense of it.

 

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EU “has the power” to put in place a universal basic income

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From Martin Luther King to Erich Fromm, the universal – or unconditional – basic income (UBI) has always had its supporters. The idea is not new. But the economic crisis has brought it back to the forefront “as a solution” to the most pressing issues facing the EU today.

Via Willy De Backer
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Economic wealth and liberty leads to the ability to participate in the society, polity and economy as a generally equal member.  This is not the crude "liberty" of the ability to act with impunity to the consequences of your actions, but the ability to act as a human being with all of the dignity and rights that the individual needs in order to produce a sustainable, functional and relatively prosperous society.

 

Laissez-faire policies, when left unchecked, leads to the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few individuals who connive and cheat their way to the top, such that they are able to assert an undemocratic influence over a given people, regardless of their actual merit or intentions or ability to be held accountable.  Laissez-faire leads to the centralization of wealth in the hands of a few, and, as a result of that economic centraliziation, the centraliziation of power in the governmental instrument that needs to be working for everyone's interests, not just the elite's small-self perceived interests.  This is the empirical result of a wide range of historical economic research, ranging from the fall of the Roman Republic to the Second Gilded Age in which we're living at present.  Government is simply a tool for those who have economic and social power within the economy/society.  It is a neutral puppet in and of itself.  It is whomever is backing it and occupying it that gives it its actual character, especially stemming from the top executive and legislative levels.  It's influence and power is limited by the needs, wishes and sentiments of the general public of society.  It will have no more influence or control over what it is  practically and legitimately given by the members of the external society.

 

A shame that so few people understand this fact about government or society, for the sake of an ideological belief or personal interest that the ought not have.

 

Silly brains.


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 15, 2014 3:52 AM

Very good EurActiv report of an EESC conference in Brussels.

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Bottom Up, Top Down

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The bottom up perspective or, obeying the architecture and laws of the lower levels of our social, economic and environmental worlds must be the new logic in the top of our social and political systems.  It is obedience to how things work and are on the local levels of our society that will enable the higher levels of society to adjust their attitudes, actions and behaviors relative to those lower laws and conditions.  Macro meets micro; the two are symbiotic.  One simply works, the other coordinates and oversees, rather than controls.

 

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Uncertainty, Evolution, and Behavioral Economic Theory

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Armen Alchian was one of the great economists of the twentieth century, and his 1950 paper, Uncertainty, Evolution, and Economic Theory, one of the most important contributions to the economic literature. Anticipating modern behavioral economics, Alchian explains that firms most decidedly do not – cannot – actually operate as rational profit maximizers.
Nevertheless, economists can make useful predictions even in a world of uncertainty and incomplete information because market environments “adopt” those firms that best fit their environments, permitting them to be modeled as if they behave rationally. This insight has important and under-appreciated implications for the debate today over the usefulness of behavioral economics.
Alchian’s explanation of the role of market forces in shaping outcomes poses a serious challenge to behavioralists’ claims. While Alchian’s (and our) conclusions are born out of the same realization that uncertainty pervades economic decision making that preoccupies the behavioralists, his work suggests a very different conclusion: The evolutionary pressures identified by Alchian may have led to seemingly inefficient firms and other institutions that, in actuality, constrain the effects of bias by market participants. In other words, the very “defects” of profitable firms — from conservatism to excessive bureaucracy to agency costs — may actually support their relative efficiency and effectiveness, even if they appear problematic, costly or inefficient. In fact, their very persistence argues strongly for that conclusion.
In Part I, we offer a short summary of Uncertainty, Evolution, and Economic Theory. In Part II, we explain the implications of Alchian’s paper for behavioral economics. Part III looks at some findings from experimental economics, and the banking industry in particular, to
demonstrate how biases are constrained by firms and other institutions – in ways often misunderstood by behavioral economists. In Part IV, we consider what Alchian’s model means for government regulation (with special emphasis on antitrust and consumer protection regulation).


Via Alessandro Cerboni
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What I'm getting at here, is that there are some cases where companies seem inefficient on the surface, but are actually better able to function because of whatever is a perceived inefficiency.  That is most likely true.

 

However, I don't think that it changes the fact that human beings aren't as smart or as "rational" as we appear to be or like to think ourselves as being.

 

Take for instance the whole notion of profit maximization.  The very concept, when not constrained by regulation to prevent social, environmental or economic harm leads to self-destructive behavior onto the employees, the firm, the environment and the economy as a whole.  Fraud, coercion, failure to compensate employees for the value of their work and environmental degradation all play a role in the undoing of the economy and the undoing of the polity and society as a whole.  When wealth gets concentrated in the hands of a few, it warps the political field to bias those who can afford to either hold seats or get access to those who serve in those seats over those who don't have.  Social values become skewed, environmental and human concerns for everyone else fall by the way-side as those who have take and take and take more and more and more away from the general public to feed themselves.  Furthermore, they'll rationalize and justify their behavior, in spite of how caustic it is on the society, the environment, the polity, the economy and themselves in the short and long term.  Personal monetary profit exceeds the overall well being profit of the environment, society and economy.

 

The role of the government, ideally, is to be responsive to the reasonable needs of the general public and the overall society as a whole (including for the well to do).  Hammurabi said "to bring about the rule of righteousness in the land so that the strong do not harm the weak."  It is through maintaining the balance between the competing forces of society that both are able to live, even if it comes with the monetary expense of the government.

 

Therefore, while some seemingly non-rational behaviors are the best possible option for the company, it still doesn't change facts about us, our economy and our environment and polity that neoclassicism fails to accept or appreciate.  Marx was correct, as was Adam Smith and David Ricardo.  The market does not reach equilibrium, nor does laissez-faire actually help everyone or anyone without something being present to watch over the environment, the society and the overall economy.  You are seeing the evidence today of the relationship between the societies of the world and their respective governments breaking down; people getting tired of receiving so very little, monetarily and non-monetarily for the sake of so very few having so very much.  The environment is going to collapse, if the society fails to rise.  We will all be put at significant risk for the sake of the profit margins of a couple people, and our civilization will be led into a long, dark age for the sake of some people's false interests and ideological faith.

 

Silly humans.

 

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Epistemic Noise | Malaspina | Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology

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Epistemic Noise

Abstract 

In La Methode Edgar Morin reveals entropy and its analogous concept, noise, to play a more fundamental role than merely that of a factor of thermal degradation or obstacle to communication. Morin continuously weaves together the empirical concern for entropy, as an aspect of both thermal degradation and organization in systems far from equilibrium, and the epistemological concern for noise, as an aspect both of perturbation of communication and of an uncertainty constitutive of new structures of the understanding. In the light of his theory of eco-complexity, entropy and noise become almost synonymous when considered as constitutive factors of self-organization. What Morin is after in his epic journey from cosmogenesis to the evolution of the biosphere and of human culture is not, as he says, an ‘adventure novel’ of cosmic and planetarian evolution, but an understanding of the transformation of concepts and theories, invigorated by the novel understanding of the constitutive role of entropy and noise in the emergence and organization of systems with increased complexity. This article argues that the gear-shift from the empirical narrative of ontogenetic aspects of entropy to the metasystemic analysis of the organisational factor of noise raises fundamental philosophical and specifically epistemological stakes: namely that the conditions and structures of our understanding may be, like every other system, subject to transformation on the basis of noise.Keywords
Morin; complexity; noise; information; entropy; epistemology; metastability 


Via Alessandro Cerboni
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Think of the dialetic between a given society and the government that exists within it.  The government checks and reigns in the disorder and chaos of society while the society checks and makes clear in the light of common reality the limits of government's ability to bring a set order to society.  The two, ideally, should be conscientiously supporting each other by supporting their own self interests.  The members of society do not want to be checked by the government, either in terms of jail time or execution and the government's members do not want to be removed from their places of consequence, influence and authority.  The only way the relationship works is if both the society and the government are working together to form the best possible outcomes for each other in the large-self sense of self, which calculates in the needs and wishes of the other in the relationship.

 

You can also look at a relationship between two people, one more orderly, the other more chaotic (as per the Theory of Order and Chaos Muppets).  They each work together to form something more than the two of them separate, such that there is a dynamic and a dialogue between the two that both never really settles into equilibrium, yet is also always in a state of balance between the two.  Excesses or deficits on the part of one will negatively effect the other, and will lead to changes in behavior in both parties, such that there is a correction on the part of one or a disintegration into something else as a result of the system coming out of equilibrium.  If the relationship is stable and boths ides are committed to the other, they will reform and come to a different yet similar equilibrium point again.

 

It's interesting to see that this could be hypothetically applicable to the entirety of the universe on the micro and macro levels, and to our own human societies and interpersonal relationships.  I suppose that this is evidence to suggest that there really isn't so much that differentiates us as living beings from the matter and space which composes us.

 

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Religion and Politics

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Religion is an ultimate binder and divider of humanity.  All religions tie back in to the same basic concepts and the same fundamental principles, yet they divide us arguably more than ethnicity, r...
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You don't need faith to acknowledge the apparently universal phenomenon of religion amongst humanity.

 

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The Natural Limits of Power

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"However excellent may have been the regulations of those former times, they cannot be attested.  Not being attested, they cannot command credence, and not being credited, the people would not follow them.  However excellent might be the regulations made by one in an inferior situation, he is not in a position to be honored.  Unhonored, he cannot command credence, and not being credited, the people will not follow his rules." -Confucius

The path to gaining credence is dependent upon one's social, economic and cultural situation.  A leader must technically follow the natural laws and respect the natural limits which exist on his/her governance.  Try as we might, there is no such thing as unlimited power on this plane of existence.  Those who think they have it, or those who covet it are probably mentally ill and are dangerous to themselves and others if left untreated.

Silly human brains.

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Is a rebellion brewing in Nevada?

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A cattle rancher and hundreds of armed protestors stare down the federal government. Is this the start of a freedom movement or a dangerous precursor to lawlessness?
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"One protestor said they had plans to put women and children at the front of the crowd so they would be among the first casualties if violence broke out."  The article links to the source of this comment.

 

I don't care what principle you think you're defending.  You're a monster if you're going to deliberately put people at risk for the sake of your beliefs and you ought to be put in a mental hospital if you think that that's an acceptable and appropriate course of action.  I don't really care about Mr. Bundy's refusal to pay the fee.  As a friend suggested, put a bounty on the cattle and let people hunt them as punishment for being a freeloader on Federal land.

 

If anything, this proves exactly how much restraint the government is capable of executing, even though these paranoid Libertarian types think that the government is composed of big, bad malevolent people.  If only they were capable of some introspection, they'd see exactly how hypocritical they are of their principles when they pursue these anti-social and violent courses of action against anyone, including members of our government.  But what do you expect from a petty, petulant group of "men" who think that it's a bold move to hide behind women and children in a fight.

 

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Conservative Activist Claims Women Paid The Same As Men Won't Find Husbands

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Days after Senate Republicans unanimously blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, Phyllis Schlafly, founder of "pro-family" organization Eagle Forum, claimed that providing women with equal pay for equal work would deter their chances ...
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Here we have a prime example of conservative's inherent ignorance and inherent disconnection with the fundamentals of reality beyond what their brains produce for them.  Far from accurately describing reality, she instead imposes her own view of reality on the universal level without actually going out to explore it.

 

This is a brain type who, it seems, stays at home all day in their own mind, even if they travel abroad and see many unique and odd things that contradict their well established view of reality, and never let an inconsistency bother their thoughts or change their attitudes, actions and behaviors.  This is a group of people who do not adapt to new knowledge, do not shift course when their views turn up incorrect in common reality or even have the courtosy to change when their lives and our lives are at stake.  There are no redeeming qualities about this brain type, as far as I'm personally concerned.  Just another anomoly of evolution that's unfit for survival on this plane of existence, and nothing more.

 

Why aren't they in mental health clincis?  At least there they won't be causing harm onto the rest of us for their "beliefs" and "ideologies" that do not yield positive results on a constant and consistent level.  No harm to them.  Less harm to us.

 

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We all are drivers of (climate) change

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Climate change impacts on food security are happening now. But will the IPCC report convince decision and policy makers to take the necessary bold actions?

Via CGIAR Climate
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Remember kids, the climate is partially how the French aristocracy got wiped out.  One minature ice age and a few failed wheat harvests later, people were hungry.  Rather than allowing the people to maintain their household wealth, the French aristocracy taxed the peasants heavier in order to pay for their involvement in our American revolution and their wars with the British.  The combination of taxation on the poor, rather than on the rich, coupled with the general lack of food to feed people left things so tense between the peasants and the aristocracy that things eventually broke down, in spite of the controls that the aristocracy had over the peasantry and the middle class.

 

As the rich and the private/public elite take more from the general public, the more unstable their positions become relative to the society, even if they put the mental and physical manacles on the general public.  This is truly becoming a dangerous world for us all.  And it's mostly thanks to the greed and insatiable hunger for wealth and relative power that has taken over the rich and the powerful.  No sense of reality; no sense of self-interest.  All actions aimed at their own self-destruction.

 

Silly brains.

 

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CGIAR Climate's curator insight, April 16, 2014 5:48 AM

In her analysis of the IPCC’s findings, Sonja Vermeulen, head of research for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), notes that the growing consensus on the impact of climate change on food security should accelerate the expansion of proven adaptation strategies and new programs. 

Chiara Muzzi's curator insight, April 16, 2014 7:59 AM

The science is there, what will we do with it? 

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Decisions among the Undecided: Implicit Attitudes Predict Future Voting Behavior of Undecided Voters

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Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, this makes perfect sense.  It is our deep emotional senses and biases which probably effect our decisions more than what we are conscientiously thinking.  The difference for many people, I hypothesize, is that some have a louder and more explicit inner monologue than others, even though they're all influenced by deeper, sub-conscious and emotional biases and perceptions.

 

Perhaps a more comprehensive and inquisitive polling system is needed in order to predict how people are actually going to vote?  What if politicians used these implicit sentiments, feelings and (implicitly) expressed needs to guide policy rather than their own chatter or the chatter of their background lobbyists and interests?  Imagine how popular they could become through an implicit understanding of their fellow countryfolks' tendencies, wishes, desires and needs?

 

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Multiple Chronic Health Conditions and Their Link with Labour Force Participation and Economic Status

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Eli Levine's insight:

If you want to talk about government expense and a drain on individual liberty, try living in and working under the conditions of poverty.

 

Not only does it eat at you physically, but it also eats at you mentally which then only makes physical ailments more common and able to happen.

 

If you want to make a society of producers, you can't afford to let poverty hang around for whatever reason or justification that you can come up with, for ideology or practicality.  If you want the tax base spread around the population more equitably, such that everyone is able to enjoy the growth of the pie that they create (if that growth is worthwhile to be pursuing in the first place due to economic, social, environmental and technological restraints and reasons) then you've got to make the outcomes of economic production more equal between those who own and initiate and those who work and follow suit.  I'm not saying that vast amounts of wealth for an individual is bad if they've done something that society has found to be incredibly worthwhile and useful (provided that it's not killing off the population environmentally or socially to produce that outcome).  I do have a problem with deliberate negligence of those who helped bring that product into being for the sake of that initial entrepeneur's marginal wealth and ego, or the deliberate and willful destruction of our natural environment and home for that entrepeneur's wealth.  But apart from those two points and maybe other safety-related concerns, I don't see a reason or care for the government to be involved in the economy's function.  Control is something that can be taken to a negative excess, from the point of view of those who would seek to have it.  But at the same time, the market is not the most perfect system for ensuring human health, well being, sustainability and survivability on this planet.  It's just ideology that says it is without having the empirical evidence to back it up or else an unhealthy fixation on interests that shouldn't be had by a truly healthy brain.

 

That's just the way I see it.

 

Enjoy! :)

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“We are in great danger”: Ex-banker details how mega-banks destroyed America

"The power has only been more consolidated," warns Goldman Sachs veteran Nomi Prins in an interview with Salon

Via Jocelyn Stoller
Eli Levine's insight:

It all comes undone, in the long term.  Don't know how they think it is wise to puruse these small-self, financially centric policies when there is a whole complex world out there that we need to survive in and be well in.

 

Government is merely a battlefield for the interests to "play" it.  It is a battle for the heart, soul and brain of our public physicians; whether it gets directed towards benevolence and effectiveness or sidelined for the sake of ideology, small=self interest and finance.  If the current members of our government fail to live up to their end of the social contract, they will more likely be removed or subverted, by hook or by crook.  The society won't flourish and you'll have just this continued period of medicore to negative "blah".  We're not healthy as a society (including for the bankers, the rich and the politicians).  Their excess will catch up to them, just like an overindulgence of dessert and other forms of junk food.

 

Silly government members.

 

Silly bankers.

 

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Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say

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The White House said that information about major Internet security flaws should be shared with computer and software manufacturers so they can be fixed. But it left broad exceptions for cases that involve national security.

 

By DAVID E. SANGER APRIL 12, 2014

 

WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday.


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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/us/politics/obama-lets-nsa-exploit-some-internet-flaws-officials-say.html?_r=1



Via Coffee Party USA
Eli Levine's insight:

I'm amazed by the lack of communication that this administration is having with the general public.

 

Why/how is it that Obama is not giving his reason and justification for these actions and then letting it up to the American people to decide whether it's worth the program or not?  What is so hard about humbling your own self and your own interests to the expressed needs and interests of the people?  What's wrong with making they, the people, liable and aware of the consequences of their own actions, decisions and sentiments, such that they're engaged in the political process, not just some random group of people standing around, becoming angrier and more frustrated and less willing to accept the present government's monopoly on the use of power?

 

If I were to give Mr. Obama the benefit of the doubt, I would say that he's trying to avoid making another September 11th he and his Party's liability by proactively engaging in this morally questionable behavior.  While I do not agree with the program, it would still be nice to have the dialogue between governed and governing, such that a reasoned conclusion can be reached.  Simply imposing your self over others isn't an effective method of governing; the logic "f- you, that's why" is not a sustainable basis for running day to day or extraordinary affairs.  It leads to the delegitimization of the government and its members and hollows out a power vacuum that will be filled by an entity separate from the current sets of private and public elites who govern our world.

 

It's just a dialogue, after all.

 

What's wrong with actually having it?  For your own interests?

Silly person.

 

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Asia pollution drives Pacific storms

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Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.
Eli Levine's insight:

Capitalism.

 

It's cheapening everything we need to survive.  Air, water, food, medicine, lives.  Everything bends to the all powerful dollar; stupid pieces of cloth rag that have no value beyond what we assign it.

 

This is going to kill us.  And, quite frankly, I don't think that we should be having these big ticket complications in our environment and our society for the sake of an ideology of "freedom" and "liberty".

 

Silly species.

 

Death for liberty.  I guess Patrick Henry will get both (look him up).

 

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Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops

Nature Climate Change


Via CGIAR Climate, Julianne Jahr
Eli Levine's insight:

Let the mayhem begin!

 

Have fun people.

 

Espeically you rich people out there, who think that you've got everything under complete control.

 

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CGIAR Climate's curator insight, January 14, 2013 6:44 AM
A global assessment of the effects of climate policy on the impacts of climate changeNature Climate Change(2013)doi:10.1038/nclimate1793
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Urban Complexity and Planning by Shih-Kung Lai and Haoying Han

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Based on the emergent paradigm of complexity, the book provides an innovative set of arguments about how we can gain a better understanding of how cities emerge and function through computer simulations, and how plans affect the evolution of complex urban systems in a way distinct from what we used to think they should. Empirical case studies focus on the development of a compact urban hierarchy in Taiwan, China, and the USA, but derive more generalizable principles and relationships among cities, complexity, and planning.

Via FuturICT, Complexity Digest
Eli Levine's insight:

The more we understand how the micro-levels of societies work and function on the empirical level, the better able we'll be at adjusting and tempering our policies, attitudes and perspectives on the macro level to conform with the lower level base laws of the universe.  It is only through understanding how the baseline architecture works that we are able to develop designs which work in our fully benefits from on high.  It's top down knowledge and law production, with actual obedience towards lower level behavior, attitudes, needs, actions and reactions.  It's understanding the physics of societies, economies and polities.

 

Eventually, it can all add up to the totality of the planet (although, once again, there will be no functional top-down global level governance without obedience and deference to local conditions, needs and problems.  It's actually going to be about coordination and different macro level behaviors and attitudes that are subservient to the laws and functions of micro-level phenomena and conditions.

 

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FuturICT's curator insight, April 10, 2014 4:18 AM

Foreword, Michael Batty; Foreword, Lewis D. Hopkins;

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How White People React to Losing Their Majority Status in America

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Research reveals the American majority's not-so-secret desire.
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What can I say: conservatism is the expression of our dark, monkey side of our psychology.

 

It is the greedy, short term thinking, small minded, small hearted, chimpish tribal aspect of our psychology.  It is the side of us that destroys us internally and externally through creating artificial barriers among us and justifications and rationalizations for negatively effective behaviors onto others and ourselves.

 

It's not enough to call yourself "liberal" or to subscribe to progressive points of politics.  This effects us all on very deep and very profound levels, regardless of political ideology, class, belief or opinion.

 

This is the ugly face of humanity.  The heartless, the non-compassionate, the cruel.  Some are better able to resist these sentiments and tendencies, others are not.  We're all just monkeys, after all.  This is the proof of it.

 

Silly brains.

 

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