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Guided Self-Organisation

Typically, self-organisation (SO) is defined as the evolution of a system into an organised form in the absence of external pressures. SO within a system brings about several attractive properties, in particular, robustness, adaptability and scalability. In the face of perturbations caused by adverse external factors or internal component failures, a robust self-organising system continues to function. Moreover, an adaptive system may re-configure when required, degrading in performance “gracefully” rather than catastrophically. In certain circumstances, a system may need to be extended with new components and/or new connections among existing modules — without SO such scaling must be preoptimised in advance, overloading the traditional design process.
In general, SO is a not a force that can be applied very naturally during a design process. In fact, one may argue that the notions of design and SO are contradictory: the former approach often assumes a methodical step-by-step planning process with predictable outcomes, while the latter involves non-deterministic spontaneous dynamics with emergent features. Thus, the main challenge faced by designers of self-organising systems is how to achieve and control the desired dynamics. Erring on the one side may result in over-engineering the system, completely eliminating emergent patterns and suppressing an increase in internal organisation with outside influence. Strongly favouring the other side may leave too much non-determinism in the system’s behaviour, making its verification and validation almost impossible. The balance between design and SO is the main theme of guided self-organisation (GSO). In short, GSO combines both task-independent objectives (e.g., information-theoretic and graph-theoretic utility functions) with task-dependent constraints.

 

http://guided-self.org


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Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, you must obey the laws of society and those of economics, environmental science and psychology in order to govern a world.

 

The simple rules are already in place.  The question is how do we conform to those rules so that we realize the most optimal social function for everybody?

 

This is where lawyering and traditional politiking takes a back seat, and the technical world of governing begins.

Think about it.

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Love the paradox in this. Worth digging into. 

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Tree rings map 700 years of Asian monsoons : Nature News

Tree rings map 700 years of Asian monsoons : Nature News | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Nature - the world's best science and medicine on your desktop
Eli Levine's insight:

You'd think that human beings would have learned.

 

You'd think that human beings would have adapted.

 

But NO!

 

They HAVE to have money over environmental health!

 

They HAVE to exert their influence undemocratically over others in their own societies.

 

They HAVE to ignore ALL evidence that points to some very serious juju going down on this planet.

 

And yet will anyone listen?

 

Will anyone care?

Or will they just be prey animals for the slaughter?

Rich and poor alike?

Think about it!

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Students arrested in Keystone pipeline protests outside White House | Al Jazeera America

Students arrested in Keystone pipeline protests outside White House | Al Jazeera America | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
At least 500 students rallied, staged a 'mock oil spill' and bound themselves to the White House fence
Eli Levine's insight:

If I were the President, I would consider this a litmus test, not only for myself, but for my Party in future elections.

 

Why would we want to invest more in an industry that's dying and ought to die (for the sake of the planet and of the species?

The workers in the oil companies are the ones who need to be provided opportunities elsewhere.  The CEOs can take their money and do other things with it.  The economy will grow around the lack of oil, especially if government is encouraging the production of green energy power plants and automobiles.

 

I don't see what the controversy is, with regards to this pipeline or with regards to the energy questions in general.

 

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Warren Buffett firm in record profit

Warren Buffett firm in record profit | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The investment firm run by US billionaire Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, reports a record profit in 2013.
Eli Levine's insight:

And he probably doesn't see how these high profits are a problem for him and for the economy as a whole.

As nice a man as Warren Buffett may (or may not) be, the fact of the matter is is that business people like him are oblivious to the overall function of the economy that they have such influence in at present, and how that relates to the society as a whole.  They are blind to all but their own profits, and our society only focuses on those profits in order to determine the "value" of the given company and the well being of the economy.

That's well enough for the masses to believe.

But those who govern the economy and oversee its well being should know better.  Even Adam Smith was against high profits, because they are a sign that supplies are low and prices are high, and/or wages are low and production is low.  It's the difference between extraction and value generation.  We don't eat, drink, sleep with, breath, reproduce with or void ourselves of money.  Money is not the actual good/service that keeps us alive and well; it is simply the medium of exchange.

And yet, the conservatives of our world, and generally, the masses of the world, see only the money and not the flow of goods and services that actually sustains them.  What is the point of having money that you're never going to and never able to spend in your lifetime, especially when it comes at the economic expense of the economy and the society?

What is the point of generating wealth for yourself if it is unhealthy to do so in the grandest scheme of things?

And why is it that society should accept or tolerate this nonsense from conservative parties around the world?

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Of Democrats and Dictatorships

Of Democrats and Dictatorships | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
There are two basic types of people out there: those who seek to enslave and exploit, and those who seek to liberate and enable.  It's hard to tell the difference between the two, since they need t...
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US economic growth rate revised down

US economic growth rate revised down | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The US economy grew at a rate of 2.4% from October to December, down from a first estimate of 3.2%, as consumer spending proved weaker than predicted.
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And no one seems to be blaming the systemic problems within the US economy and our flawed methods of measuring success, defining success and observing and managing it. The economy, like a garden or a human body, needs to be tended to.  The government can't do the growing or the day to day functioning of the economy without hurting it.  But the weeds need to be pulled, the hedges need to be trimmed, fertilizer needs to be added and care must be given to the garden of wealth if it is going to provide sustanence to society.  Economic justice is the same as economic function, partially because economies work better when people are able to participate in them and because it eases the sense of social injustice that could prove calamitous to the economy, the society, the polity and the environment in which we all need to live. War is expensive, environmentally, economically, socially and politically destructive.  I don't get how our leaders are so callous and unconcerned about the masses getting angry and starting to act against them.  I'd be in panic mode, if I were them, scrambling to make amends without being forced to come off as weak. But, that's just me, and this is them.  That's how I know they're unqualified for the jobs they've taken, in spite of their "experience" and years believing falsehoods and not paying attention or giving a care for the world around them. Think about it.
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▶ Dirk Helbing on complexity in economic theory

InThis interview with Dirk Helbing on the Future of the economy is part of the Futurium Talking Futures interview series. More information is available here: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/futurium/en/interviews ;


Via Complexity Digest
Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, it is when we shut the door and turn our backs on those and that which do us harm, that we'll actually realize some real benefits amongst this species.


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History, Expectations, and Leadership in the Evolution of Social Norms

History, Expectations, and Leadership in the Evolution of Social Norms | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Abstract

We study the evolution of a social norm of “cooperation” in a dynamic environment.Each agent lives for two periods and interacts with agents from the previous and nextgenerations via a coordination game. Social norms emerge as patterns of behaviorthat are stable in part due to agents’ interpretations of private information aboutthe past, influenced by occasional commonly-observed past behaviors. For sufficientlybackward-looking societies, history completely drives equilibrium play, leading to asocial norm of high or low cooperation. In more forward-looking societies, there is apattern of “reversion” whereby play starting with high (low) cooperation reverts towardlower (higher) cooperation. The impact of history can be countered by occasional“prominent” agents, whose actions are visible by all future agents and who can leveragetheir greater visibility to influence expectations of future agents and overturn socialnorms of low cooperation.

Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, being forward looking helps one see greater possibilities than if one were to continuously be stuck in the past.

 

Another reason how conservatism in and of itself, is a detriment to the whole of human society.

 

Too much on the past.  Not enough potential to grow in the future.  Same old patterns, repeated again and again and again, with no real lessons being learned from any of it.

 

Silly brains.

 

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CiteSeerX — Proper analysis of the accuracy of group judgments

CiteSeerX — Proper analysis of the accuracy of group judgments | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
CiteSeerX - Document Details (Isaac Councill, Lee Giles, Pradeep Teregowda): Modern societies rely heavily on groups to make important economic and political decisions. However, a review of research on group processes shows that progress has been slow in the delineation of the conditions that promote or impede efficient, accurate group judgments. One reason for the slow progress is that research methods and data analysis in this area are varied, difficult to compare, and often substandard. In this review, the authors summarize alternate methods of analysis and provide detailed illustrations of the best methods for assessing and analyzing group judgment accuracy Increased accuracy is a common justification for using groups, rather than individuals, to make judgments. However, the empirical literature shows that groups excel as judges only under limited conditions. Hill's (1982) review found that groups tend to perform around the level of the second best member in most tasks, including group judgment. Hastie (1986) identified several task differences that moderate the relative accuracy of group and individual judges, but he also concluded that there were few, if any, task conditions under which groups consistently

Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, we're not going to be perfect at everything.  However, making us aware of our short-comings will do much more, I think, to increase our potential than by focusing on our positives.

 

Humans love flattery and are prone to believing it.  So, a conscientious mind that's working to be above that which flatters is is probably best for us all.

 

More realism, more connection to reality, better results, better predictive abilities.

 

Enjoy.

 

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Of Bullying Men and Sour Women

Of Bullying Men and Sour Women | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
A war has a certain number of prerequisites before it can be fought for the well being of the general public.  The first is preparation.  A nation must be ready to fight at a moment's notice.  To t...
Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, we have a pathological set of brains at our helm, male and female alike.

 

They're the reasons how we have so many wars and so much suffering in our world.

 

Demons in the flesh.

 

And it doesn't matter what political party or philosophy they're affiliated with, so long as they exhibit these kinds of anti-social and self-destructive forms of behavior.

 

They know the game to get into power.

 

But they're clueless as to how to use that power effectively for themselves.

 

Silly people.

 

Silly brains.

 

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Hypotheses, Theories and the Interwoven Foundation of Knowledge and Its Development

Hypotheses, Theories and the Interwoven Foundation of Knowledge and Its Development | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Usually there is a chain from theory to practice.  If your theory is wrong or partially wrong, it opens everything up down and upstream of it to investigation.  At the root of all theories is an in...
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One for you to ponder.

 

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Emotional and Cognitive Biases - YouTube

The Psychology of Investing- 2013 Investment Forum This year's Investment Forum, co-hosted by SVA Plumb Financial and SVA, was held on October 2nd in Madison...
Eli Levine's insight:

My question for this is two-fold.

 

One, where was this perspective BEFORE the Financial Crisis of 2007-08?

 

Second, how can they expect to produce a healthy investor who's able to function mentally and in the market if they constantly emphasize suppression of natural inclinations?

 

Wouldn't it be better to emotionally and passionately go after money using these rational and counter-bias techniques?  Wouldn't it be easier and more effective for the investors to passionately tamper their greed and their loss aversion to accept loss and avoid higher risk taking behavior?  After all, the cool rational mind isn't going to work, because it is secondary to the emotional mind, quite literally, resting higher up in the brain than the emotional mind.

 

If you're able to counter the "greed bias", why couldn't you counter that same inclination if it leads to non-monetary costs?  Whatever happened to being a human investor in search of value to him/herself in the larger sense of self, rather than a robotic investor who's only concerned with his/her small-sense of self at the expense of both his/her larger and smaller sense of self?

 

What a concept, that money isn't the be all and end all of the actual economy!

 

And yet, it's these same folks and this same logic that's still operating at the helm of our social world, steering us all into inevitable death, destruction and potential misery (IF we survive).

 

Silly conservatives.

 

Silly brains.

 

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Dalai Lama & Stanford research: Compassion aids well-being

Dalai Lama & Stanford research: Compassion aids well-being | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education co-sponsored the Dalai Lama's visit to Silicon Valley for a talk on business, ethics and compassion. It highlighted recent achievements at Stanford's center, which continues to make research progress in the "science of compassion" while calling attention to the importance of well-being in our society.


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The message that the Dalai Lama brought

to Silicon Valley was simple but profound

– be kind and compassionate

to other human beings.

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It's good for them, and good for you, he said.

Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education,

 


Via Edwin Rutsch
Eli Levine's insight:

Funny how that works.

 

Enjoy!

 

And, good luck to everyone.

 

May we all find happiness.

 

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The City as a Platform - Stripping out complexity and Making Things Happen - The Governance Lab @ NYU

The City as a Platform - Stripping out complexity and Making Things Happen - The Governance Lab @ NYU | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Emer Coleman: “The concept of data platforms has garnered a lot of coverage over the past few years and the City as a Platform is one that has wide traction in the “Smart City” space. It’s an idea that has been widely promulgated by service integrators and large consultancy firms. This idea has been adopted […]

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Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, this seems to be the direction that politics and policy is headed.

 

Away from politics.

 

Away from lawyers.

 

Away to a scientific, technical field.

 

Away to a vocation, like engineering or medicine.

 

Away from the stupid bickering.

 

And away to collaboration and cooperation to get the best effects possible.

 

I think that that's the way you stay elected, as an official.

 

And it's a shame that so few of our present politicians seem to get this basic fact about humanity and society.

 

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An Open Letter

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Dear Democrats, President Obama and the Esteemed Republican Party,If you'd ask for my candid advice, I'd say that you're all playing an incredibly dangerous game with your own lives as well as with...
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It's just a warning, nothing more.

Will they listen?

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How to Save Human Lives with Complexity Science

n We discuss models and data of crowd disasters, crime, terrorism, war and disease spreading to show that conventional recipes, such as deterrence strategies, are not effective and sufficient to contain them. The failure of many conventional approaches results from their neglection of feedback loops, instabilities and/or cascade effects, due to which equilibrium models do often not provide a good picture of the actual system behavior. However, the complex and often counter-intuitive behavior of social systems and their macro-level collective dynamics can be understood by means of complexity science, which enables one to address the aforementioned problems more successfully. We highlight that a suitable system design and management can help to stop undesirable cascade effects and to enable favorable kinds of self-organization in the system. In such a way, complexity science can help to save human lives.

 

How to Save Human Lives with Complexity Science
Dirk Helbing, Dirk Brockmann, Thomas Chadefaux, Karsten Donnay, Ulf Blanke, Olivia Woolley-Meza, Mehdi Moussaid, Anders Johansson, Jens Krause, Sebastian Schutte, Matjaz Perc

http://arxiv.org/abs/1402.7011


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Eli Levine's insight:

This makes more intuitive sense than the linear-equilibrium stuff, in all honesty.  The more we know, the better we'll be at resolving these common problems.

 

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Wolf Hesse's curator insight, March 3, 8:56 AM

#activism

#scrape #prep

Liz Rykert's curator insight, March 3, 5:34 PM

Here is the critical summary: "We highlight that a suitable system design and management can help to stop undesirable cascade effects and to enable favorable kinds of self-organization in the system. In such a way, complexity science can help to save human lives."

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Ukraine calls full army mobilisation

Ukraine calls full army mobilisation | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Ukraine announces a full military mobilisation in response to Russia's build-up in Crimea, where Ukrainian and Russian soldiers are facing off.
Eli Levine's insight:

Oh, US....you are a simple country.

Honestly, I would be telling the Ukrainians that they need to include Russians in their government.  An alliance needs to be formed amongst the TWO ethnic groups living in Ukrainian territory; the country cannot hold together otherwise.

That said, I don't think Ukraine is going to make the first move, and I don't think that Russia is going to attack either.

I think we're going to enter into a period of stalemated crisis for the time being, until the Ukrainians welcome the Russians into government with them or until Russia annexes those parts of Ukraine where Russians have a majority of the population.

It all depends on what the Ukrainian government does.

And I don't think they're going to do what's actually correct.

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Study maps Twitter’s information ecosystem

Study maps Twitter’s information ecosystem | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
New research outlines the six types of communities on the social network and what that means for communication

Via luiy, NESS
Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, we each live in our own world, not in the real world per se.

 

Some, however, have a more accurate understanding of the real world and are willing to acknowledge their shortcomings.

 

The others, who are less inclined to explore and are more focused on their own self-production, just happen to be known as conservative in our culture.  Hence, they area always hindered from perceiving the real world in the strictest of senses, and are not likely to change in light of new information received from the outside world.

 

Non-adapting humans will equal a dead and dying species.  It's a shame, though, that we can be dragged down by them for our lack of effective effort and action.

 

Sad.

 

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Fil Menczer, a professor at the University of Indiana Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing, has researched the potential applications of this type of analysis for years. Menczer’s research touches on every aspect of Twitter’s role as a mirror for human communities, like examining the relationship between social data and the stock market, the spread of infectious diseases and how political campaigns manipulate data to spread misleading information. In a 2012 paper on the spread of memes on Twitter, Menczer and his team sought to demystify how information spreads on unrelated topics, yielding similar network structures to those uncovered by Pew.

 

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One of the major lessons of network analysis, both Pew and Menczer emphasize, is that the Twitter commons hasn’t necessarily made society as democratic as techno-utopians would have you believe. Twitter isn’t a wide-open space, free of boundaries or obstacles: It’s a "mirror," as Menczer says, for the social structures of the real world.

“One of the presumptions about the rise of social media is that it’s changed everything,” says Himelboim. “In fact, if you look at the broadcast networks and brand clusters (two archetypes described by Pew), big, important and powerful institutions that wield tremendous influence offline still do on the Internet. This is really a reality check against those louder voices who claim the world has somehow been transformed."

 

“It makes you wonder about polarization in political discourse: Is this something that social media is responsible for?” asks Menczer. “Is more polarization easier because of social media, or are we observing what was already there with new technology? Or, even simpler: Would our discourse be better if Twitter and Facebook just didn’t exist?” 

 

 

António F Fonseca's curator insight, March 1, 7:59 AM

What community do you belong to?

Fàtima Galan's curator insight, March 3, 2:44 AM

"The topographical "maps" of these communities, generated by Pew using the data visualization tool NodeXL, aren’t just maps of relationships. They represent the channels of information in Twitter’s vast ecosystem, the roads and throughways, stoops and street corners in each topical neighborhood where users congregate and swap news and anecdotes."

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Why I Think Machiavelli Was Right in the 1500′s and Why He is More Relevant in 2014!

Why I Think Machiavelli Was Right in the 1500′s and Why He is More Relevant in 2014! | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

His teachings and theories in The Prince were directed more for those in the office of politics, however it is quite easy to translate those same principles to anyone who holds a position of leadership, management or supervision.

 

Here are my 7 reasons why Mr. Mach is more relevant today than ever!

 

Before I give you those 7 reasons I want to clarify one area I don’t agree with Mr Machiavelli...


1. Plan for the the worst and take action. Risk can never be eliminated, but it can be contained by those who plan ahead and take appropriate action.

 

2. The only reliable allies (partners) are those who benefit from your successes. Team up only with those who truly benefit from your victories or your opponent’s defeat.

 

3. Free time and work time really are all part of the limited amount of time you have at your disposal to succeed at your goals. Do not squander them, not even during periods of rest.

 

5. Passion is the best motivator. It pays to seek out people who believe passionately in what they do.


Via WorldsView Academy
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I actually did a rewrite of Machiavelli for my book of essays, It Comes Undone.  I came to the conclusion that Machiavelli was talking about the preservation of the State and the individual(s) who represent the state, and also that it was not those who simply ruled over people that mattered, but those who genuinely provided some genuine help and assistance to others throught the use of their power.

 

Consider that Machiavelli's idols, the Ferdinand of Aragons or the Caesars never have had the same sway over humanity as the Jesuses or the Buddhas or the Confuciuses or the Mohammads of the world.  The people you should be trying to emulate in action and consequence, if you're seeking the Machiavellian end of sustained power, are therefore those who served humanity in a genuine and sincere manner and satisfied a need within humanity's individual and collective mind.  It is those who healed, not those who simply destroyed, who we remember and honor the most strongly in the long run of history.

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The Need for Legitimate and Positive Order

The Need for Legitimate and Positive Order | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
A good life requires a balancing of psychological and physical needs.  Physically, we need material wealth (food, water, goods, services, etc, not necessarily money) to make ourselves able to live ...
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We need a government to have a functional and sustainable society and economy.relative to our environment.  We'll die without it, literally!

 

To say nothing of the fact that it needs to run well and at minimum possible.

 

Hope you enjoy the read!

 

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Ukraine warns of Russia 'aggression'

Ukraine warns of Russia 'aggression' | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Ukraine warns Russia against "military aggression" in the Crimea region, as armed men seize the regional parliament building.
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Things are heating up. I wonder if Russia is behind the seizure of the Parlaiment.

Wouldn't surprise me. But this could be the beginning of the subtle tet au tet that started as soon as Viktor Yanukovich left office. Ukrainians failed to set a conciliatory tone with the Russians, the Russians either aren't going to accept a conciliatory tone or are going to fight against the more unilateral and hostile tone that the Ukrainians have set.  Unfortunately, because the Ukrainians didn't set a welcoming, warm and conciliatory tone with the Russians from the get-go, they're going to have an extremely uphill battle brining the reluctant Russians along with them into the revolution.  They should have included some Russians in the cabinent, and discredited the Nazis that were within their midst, in order to create either a narrative that they're TRYING to work with the Russians or, if the tactics worked, would have led to the longer term reconciliation and unification of Ukraine under a peaceful government. Who knows, perhaps the history and the culture of their politics would have prevented such things from working.  Yet you'd think with our remarkable abilities to change ourselves and our condition that history wouldn't be so much of an issue. However, it is, especially when there's negative blood invovled.  The problems of the parents get passed down to the children, and no reconciliation or room for forgiveness is left.  A shame, since it is forgiveness which enables us to grow from conflicts rather than be handicapped by them for long periods of time.  But, that's a fault of the universe and of the human species.  Failure to practice love, compassion, empathy and understanding leads to these impasses.  And, we all hurt on this level, as economies are hindered, societies torn apart and polities are destabilized and delegitimized.  Sad.
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Dalai Lama Dialogue "Business, Ethics, and Compassion" Stream on Vimeo

The Dalai Lama will be joined by the CEO of Dignity Health, Lloyd Dean, for Business, Ethics, and Compassion: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama.


The event was cosponsored by two of the country’s premier institutes for the study of ethics and compassion—


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SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and
Stanford University’s Center for Compassion
and Altruism Research and Education.
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And business stands in diametric opposiion to these points when it is put into practice.

 

Where are the morals in conservtism?

 

Where is the religion in what they have to say, in spite of the number of times they "pray" and "worship" their various deities.

It's just money the business people are after.  Not much higher than a bottom feeder in the ocean.

 

Silly brains.

 

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Failed War Priorities and Strategy

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Failed War Priorities and Strategy General, this war was lost the moment we started.  All your military brass and training, and yet you and your colleagues consistently fail to apply basic consider...
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A New Light

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Every new system of political thought and organization is brought about through some kind of religious experience felt amongst all the people who it touches.  You can look at the advent of Judaism ...
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I chalked this one up on the blog today and thought it would be interesting fodder for Scoop.it.

 

Hope you like it!

 

 

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Will plug-in electric cars crash the electric grid?

Will plug-in electric cars crash the electric grid? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

The growing number of plug-in electric cars — more than 96,000 bought in 2013 — may put a lot of new strain on the nation’s aging electrical distribution systems, like transformers and underground cables, especially at times of peak demand, according to University of Vermont (UVM) scientists. So they have created a novel solution, which they report on in the forthcoming March issue of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.


“The key to our approach is to break up the request for power from each car into multiple small chunks — into packets,” says Jeff Frolik, a professor in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and co-author on the new study. This is similar to transmitting data packets on the Internet.

 

By using the nation’s growing network of “smart meters” — a new generation of household electric meters that communicate information back-and-forth between a house and the utility — the new approach would let a car charge for, say, five or ten minutes at a time, Frolik says, and then wait to make another request for power. If demand was low, it would continue charging, but if it was high, the car would have to wait.

 

“Most of the time, as long as people get charged by morning, they won’t care,” says UVM’s Paul Hines, an expert on power systems and co-author on the study. “By charging cars in this way, it’s really easy to let everybody share the capacity that is available on the grid.”

 
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Eli Levine's insight:

This is going to be a significant challenge.

 

We need to get off fossil fuels if we're going to survive and I honestly don't give too many cares about the economic consequences that are going to have to be sorted out in order to do this.

 

We need to be off fossil fuels entirely, or we're going to die.

 

That means new infrastructure, new power plants, new methods of charging our homes, etc.

 

It means a decentralization away from the power companies and utlities.

 

And the biggest economic challenge that I see is how to employ all of those workers who are going to be laid off when the big fossil fuel companies finally kick the bucket.

 

You're an idiot if you want to keep it the same in this case.

 

Stupid conservatives.

 

Think about it.

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