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Transylvania Could Become a Barren Toxic Wasteland | VICE United States

Transylvania Could Become a Barren Toxic Wasteland | VICE United States | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The region—which makes up a large chunk of central Romania—is rich in gold, and a bunch of mining companies are keen to lock down their share of the action.
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What's it going to be Romanian government?

 

Environmental and social health, sustainability and survival?

Or monetary wealth?

 

Honestly, there's got to be better ways to mine gold than with cyanide; a way to bring wealth to this impoverished country without destroying the people and the territory which compose it.

 

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Dark matter looks more and more likely after new gamma-ray analysis

Dark matter looks more and more likely after new gamma-ray analysis | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Scientists describe as 'extremely interesting' new analysis that makes case for gamma rays tracing back to Wimp particles


Not long after the Fermi Gamma-ray SpaceTelescope took to the sky in 2008, astrophysicists noticed that it was picking up a steady rain of gamma rays pouring outward from the center of the Milky Way galaxy.


This high-energy radiation was consistent with the detritus of annihilating dark matter, the unidentified particles that constitute 84% of the matter in the universe and that fizzle upon contact with each other, spewing other particles as they go. If the gamma rays did in fact come from dark matter, they would reveal its identity, resolving one of the biggest mysteries in physics. But some argued that the gamma rays could have originated from another source.


Now a new analysis of the signal claims to rule out all other plausible explanations and makes the case that the gamma rays trace back to a type of particle that has long been considered the leading dark matter candidate – a weakly interacting massive particle, or Wimp. Meanwhile, a more tentative X-ray signal reported in two other new studies suggests the existence of yet another kind of dark matter particle called a sterile neutrino.


In the new gamma-ray analysis, which appeared February 27 on the scientific preprint site arXiv.org, Dan Hooper and his collaborators used more than five years' worth of the cleanest Fermi data to generate a high-resolution map of the gamma-ray excess extending from the center of the galaxy outward at least 10 angular degrees, or 5,000 light-years, in all directions.


"The results are extremely interesting," said Kevork Abazajian, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. "The most remarkable part of the analysis is that the signal follows the shape of the dark matter profile out to 10 degrees," he said, explaining that it would be "very difficult to impossible" for other sources to mimic this predicted dark matter distribution over such a broad range.


The findings do not constitute a discovery of dark matter, the scientists said, but they prepare the way for an upcoming test described by many researchers as a "smoking gun": If the gamma-ray excess comes from annihilating Wimps, and not conventional astrophysical objects, then the signal will also be seen emanating from dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way – diffuse objects that are rich in dark matter but not in other high-energy photon sources such as pulsars, rotating neutron stars that have been floated as alternative explanations for the excess.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Eli Levine's insight:

The more we know about this place we call "the universe" the more likely we'll be able to understand ourselves and to put our minds to ease about a great many of our pressing questions.

 

The more we know about this place, the more likely it will be that we're able to alleviate suffering, misery and, hopefully, bring a greater quality of life and sense of peace to all of our minds.

 

Assuming that each of our particular minds are willing and able to accept the truths of this world in the first place.

 

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malik matwi's comment, December 13, 2015 3:18 PM
neither dark matter nor energy http://iiste.org/Journals/index.php/APTA/article/view/26837
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The Quadruple Bottom Line - Or ....Why Not Feed Your Heart, Soul, Mind & Body?

The Quadruple Bottom Line - Or ....Why Not Feed Your Heart, Soul, Mind & Body? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
“It’s life. Life is bigger than you, if you can imagine that. Life isn’t something that you possess; it’s something that you take part in, and you witness.” Louis C.K. At the close of 2013 I made t...

Via Amy Melendez
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This has to be institutionalized.  What good is wealth if it is purchased with your health, well being and ability to survive as a member of a larger and completely necessary society, within the context of the environment?

 

Monetary profits are nice to have.  But what's the point of maximizing them if it comes at the cost of all our other survival factors?

 

Ultimately, it's going to be a change in finance and investing that will bring about the changes that we need.  I'm entirely pessimistic about these changes happening in my lifetime without extreme amounts of violence, chaos and war.  A sad thing, because it's technically one of the easiest things to change.  Drop the pickle and grab a fork, for goodness sakes!

 

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Gandhi's 10 Rules for Changing the World, by Henrik Edberg

Gandhi's 10 Rules for Changing the World, by Henrik Edberg | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Change the world; we hear those words thrown around quite frequently, and to some, the notion seems incredulous. However, if we take an inner approach, rather than an outer one, and transform our individual selves into adopting the qualities we wish to see in the world, then the task at hand won't seem as daunting. In the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi, "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves." In this article, the Positivity Blog's, Henrik Edberg, addresses Gandhi's top ten fundamentals for changing the world.

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How to Discourage Great Discoveries | Science Careers

How to Discourage Great Discoveries | Science Careers | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Eli Levine's insight:

It's one generation sitting like a lump on the younger generation.

 

Sad.

 

But this is why I would never consider anyone a true Liberal until they're at least 50 or 60. All of these people grew up as Liberals back in the day, and are now Right wingers in sentiment and practice.

 

An ugly turn from what was so beautiful.

 

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Life in 'misery city'

Life in 'misery city' | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Charlotte Ashton reports from Singapore, the country widely regarded as one of the world's gloomiest places.
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Capitalism taken to the extreme.  No longer human beings, we see that people have become disconnected with each other and their essential human qualities as a result of the pursuit of pure monetary wealth over social well being and happiness.

A sad picture of humanity.

And this too shall collapse.

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Creativity, like evolution, is merely a series of thefts

Creativity, like evolution, is merely a series of thefts | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
We can blame evolution for making us little more than the glorified karaoke singers we are. Or as Voltaire put it: "originality is nothing but judicious imitation"

Via Claudia Mihai
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It's all one built upon the other.


What I've been proposing for government is not going to alter the base goals of the political leaders.  In fact, I think it's going to improve their chances of being elected until death, if they follow it correctly, and ultimately preserve our social institutions until the eventual end of the species and, if our descendents are still around, beyond that.

 

What I'm observing, as a political and social scientist, is that through benevolently motivated, effectively sensed and executed policy for the sake of the other in the society, that governments tend to be able to last longer, be more legitimate in the eyes of the public and, ultimately, get carried on, with its members, throughout the generations.

 

Some people simply do not and will not have what it takes to act as these effective, benevolent and empirically grounded leaders, regardless of party affiliation and label.  That is how, I think, our current institutions are failing, because we've populated these political systems with people who don't care, won't care and/or don't have the sense to act for the effective sake of the other for their own sakes.  It's in our legislative systems as well as our administrative systems.  It's killing themselves as much as it's killing our people.  And it's just a brain type who doesn't get the concept of working with others, rather than over or against them.

 

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Arjen ten Have's curator insight, March 18, 2014 9:08 AM

Basic but nice essay on how objects of use, creativity and biological evolution are all hung up on the same principles: Hey this works better, what if I combine it with that?

Costas Bouyioukos's curator insight, March 18, 2014 1:40 PM

Mark Pagel writes about our "ability" to innovate.

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The Disconnect

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  The Disconnect The engine of the economy has been disconnected from the motor.  It is creating an inefficient and ineffective wealth generator, and it's going to destroy the whole thing in due ti...
Eli Levine's insight:

Bonuses are up on Wall Street, as wages are stagnant or in decline for everyone else.

 

And they wonder how it is that the economy really isn't growing in a way that many people are noticing or experiencing.  The American dream has been hoisted by its own petard; its inherent small selfishness the cause of its death for most of the country.

 

Yet all the politicians are rationalizing the condition that we're in to make it easier for themselves to accept the reality in which we're living; the one that's slowly going to consume their legacies and their offices and institutions.

 

Funny how it is that conservatism, its ideological stances and its lack of adaptability are the things that bring about the most amount of actual changes in our world, to our world.

 

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New China figures point to slowdown

New China figures point to slowdown | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
China's industrial output and retail sales grow less than expected, figures show, adding to fears of a slowdown.
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If your workers can't afford or don't have time to shop around, you're not going to have significantly greater output or retail sales.

 

Quite honestly, this is proof that we ought to get our manufacturing back here and get our wages increased and matching according to the profits realized by the companies who hire people here.  China has the manufacturing now, and can capitalize on their relative economic independence from ourselves in the realm of geopolitics.  If they get a domesticly productive economy while exporting to the world, they'll overtake us economically and politically.  It's a question of national security and business profits is just the cream for the individual companies.  It's time we, as as society, assert our interests over their private interests.  I'm honestly shocked that I have to say anything at all about this, because it should be a no-brainer, common sense and easily predicted thing amongst our analysts and our policy makers.

 

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Ex-Goldman trader to pay $825,000

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A judge tells ex-Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre to pay more than $825,000 after a jury found him liable for defrauding investors.
Eli Levine's insight:

In a functional society, these crimes which lead to the destruction of trust in, health in and function of the overall economy would be much steeper than the relative pittance that they currently are.  You can talk about having behavior modifying schemes to regulate the economy and to improve function, effect and health in the economy and the society.  However, these "people" know what they're doing; these aren't crimes of passion or irrationality.  This is giving a mild and tolerable shock for a crime that will, literally, pay more than the penalty leveled against the criminal.

 

Personally, I'd like to see these folks penalized to the point where they're left in poverty or near poverty for their blatant and premeditated lies aimed at deceiving the investor, thus ruining the economy.  This can't be accepted or tolerated because of how physically and psychologically damaging it is to the society and the economy in which the schemes are taking place.  We prioritize penalizing the poor, the minority, the ill-educated and the uncouth for petty crimes rather than the rich, the white, the highly educated and well "groomed" for crimes much more serious and dire to our well being and quality of life, especially when you consider that the $80 million stolen by a Wall Street investor is worth less to them than the $80 that was stolen from an old lady's purse is worth to a homeless person.  This lightness is disguting, cruel and symptomatic of our chief racial, social and economic problems in our society.  Power is inbred, and is too stupid to know what is actually in its best interests in the grand scheme of things.

 

That is how it is going to fail, like all the other power bases before it in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

 

Inbred rich people.

 

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Nudging Legally - On the Checks and Balances of Behavioural Regulation by Alberto Alemanno, Alessandro Spina :: SSRN

Nudging Legally - On the Checks and Balances of Behavioural Regulation by Alberto Alemanno, Alessandro Spina :: SSRN | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Abstract:      
As behavioural sciences are unearthing the complex cognitive framework in which people make decisions, policymakers seem increasingly ready to design behaviourally-informed regulations to induce behaviour change in the interests of the individual and society. After discussing what behavioural sciences have to offer to administrative law, this paper explores the extent to which administrative law may accommodate their findings into the regulatory process. After presenting the main regulatory tools capable of operationalizing behavioural insights, it builds a case for integrating them into public policymaking. In particular, this paper examines the challenges and frictions of behavioural regulation with regard both to established features of administrative law, such as the principle of legality, impartiality and judicial oversight and more innovative control mechanisms such as the use of randomized control trials to test new public policies. This analysis suggests the need to develop a legal framework capable of ensuring that behavioural considerations may inform the regulatory process while at the same time guaranteeing citizens' constitutional rights and freedoms vis-à-vis the Regulatory State. 

 


Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

You need regulation that works and doesn't appear as regulation to the individual and lightens the bureaucracy and pena

 

Amazing that this is coming out of conservative governments who don't ideologically believe in regulation (at least, none that really benefits human society).  Hypocritical and, perhaps, ineffective at its core.

 

Imagine if the progressives used these insights to actually work on making our economy more stable, our society (not business leaders) more prosperous and our environment more inhabitable.

 

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Rocket barrage from Gaza hits Israel

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Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 30 rockets at southern Israel, officials say, the heaviest barrage since November 2012.
Eli Levine's insight:

Israel may claim that it is only building "balconies" in "Jerusalem", and that the attacks from the Palestinians are unjustified because of that.

 

But when you consider how Israel encroached upon territory the Palestinians had lived on for millenniums (and in a more sustained fashion than the Jews), and the ill treatment the Israelis have shown to the Palestinians that's NOT related to defensive purposes, you're less able to accept the Israeli's claim that they are the "poor little country" in the middle of a hostile sea of opponents.

 

Quite right that they're isolated there.

 

Honestly, it's as if the "Jews" of Israel (and I use parentheses for the fact that I don't consider the likes of Bibi Netanyahu and his sympathizers as true Jews, in spite of their "purity") don't seem to get or accept how they play a role in creating the conflict that's happening around them.

 

It's like a child harrassing a much larger child repeatedly, and then wondering how it is that the larger child is angry at it!  Where is the social connection between two people that exists in normal, healthy relationships?  Where is the basic compassion and openness that has defined Jewish tradition for all these millenniums and centuries?  Has that all been lost on the conservatives?  Or, should I call them, the "Yahus"?  Because they are acting like Yahus; the demon spawn "humans" who have walked amongst us and been the cause of all our wars, nastiness and violence.

 

It's just a pathological brain type that we're up against with these "people", and nothing more.  Just a delusional, confused, bigoted, mean-spirited and small-minded brain type.

 

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Netconomics: Novel Forecasting Techniques from the Combination of Big Data, Network Science and Economics

The combination of the network theoretic approach with recently available abundant economic data leads to the development of novel analytic and computational tools for modelling and forecasting key economic indicators. The main idea is to introduce a topological component into the analysis, taking into account consistently all higher-order interactions. We present three basic methodologies to demonstrate different approaches to harness the resulting network gain. First, a multiple linear regression optimisation algorithm is used to generate a relational network between individual components of national balance of payment accounts. This model describes annual statistics with a high accuracy and delivers good forecasts for the majority of indicators. Second, an early-warning mechanism for global financial crises is presented, which combines network measures with standard economic indicators. From the analysis of the cross-border portfolio investment network of long-term debt securities, the proliferation of a wide range of over-the-counter-traded financial derivative products, such as credit default swaps, can be described in terms of gross-market values and notional outstanding amounts, which are associated with increased levels of market interdependence and systemic risk. Third, considering the flow-network of goods traded between G-20 economies, network statistics provide better proxies for key economic measures than conventional indicators. For example, it is shown that a country's gate-keeping potential, as a measure for local power, projects its annual change of GDP generally far better than the volume of its imports or exports.

 

Netconomics: Novel Forecasting Techniques from the Combination of Big Data, Network Science and Economics
Andreas Joseph, Irena Vodenska, Eugene Stanley, Guanrong Chen

http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.0848


Via Complexity Digest, Complejidady Economía, NESS
Eli Levine's insight:

In other words, the more interconnected, bound of and valuable a bank is, the more likely that its failure will result in a global financial crisis.  These banks probably should be broken up, such that there are more nodes and less valuable interconnectivity amongst the banks.

 

The second part, in plain English, basically stated that a country's relative interconnectivity as a node in international trade and the strength of that interconnected trade are greater predictions of economic success than of simple net import/export data.

 

It seems to me that many political leaders and policy makers are not up to date with these latest insights.  This is probably how it is that we're getting the same unevolved, unadapted and negatively effective policies that are driving this country, and the world, into the ground.  On top of that, it's still not addressing our chief problem of being addicted to something that we don't really use and shouldn't really want in excess quantities (money), especially when it's purchased with the opportunity to be well, healthy and survivable as an individual and collective species.

 

It's sad that such a species with such potential should go to waste at this moment over a little ignorance and a very powerful attachment to something that has no bearing on our well being and actual quality of life.

 

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Pro-Russians flock to Crimea vote

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Supporters of Crimea's break with Ukraine to join Russia flock to vote in a secession referendum denounced as illegal by Kiev and Western powers.
Eli Levine's insight:

Honestly, I don't get how the Ukrainian government failed to bring in the Russian people, why they didn't attempt to do that, and how the West didn't advise them to do that.

There are legitimate Fascists and Ukrainian ultra-nationalists in the government and in the pro-EU camp, after all.  Why would any group not work to suppress those racist, senseless and ideologically grounded elements and welcome in the other to form a unity government and a unified society is beyond me.  It seemed obvious enough to me, at least, that this was the best course of action for the Ukrainian government in Kiev.

However, it's too late for that for Crimea, and the most it seems that they can do is to work in and integrate Eastern Ukraine into the whole of a unified Ukrainian state.  This was a democratic decision, and a moral decision on the part of society.  Legality means nothing when a people want to determine their own leadership and where that leadership lies.

Or, has the United States' leadership forgotten that that's how we got started in the first place?

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The Rise of Anti-Capitalism

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"A formidable new technology infrastructure — the Internet of Things — is emerging with the potential to push much of economic life to near zero marginal cost over the course of the next two decades."


Via Willy De Backer
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Perhaps this era of free manufacture will break the current economic system (assuming that the businesses don't attempt to break it).

 

It still won't change the attitude with regards to money, society and the environment that's proving so caustic to our whole world.

 

This will be interesting to watch.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 16, 2014 4:47 AM

As always, super-optimist Rifkin is great at analysing new trends in the global economy, but totally misjudges the negative implications. This is the guy who predicted the age of the "European Dream". Look where Europe is now! So by all means, read this NY Times article but put off your rosy glasses.

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Six soldiers shot dead in Cairo

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Six Egyptian soldiers are shot dead at a checkpoint in the Cairo suburb of Shubra al-Khaymah, state media report.

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And then there was this incident earlier yesterday.

 

The sad part is, is that Egypt could have avoided this now random killing, if its leadership had paid attention to the crowd and the expressed needs of people living in their society. Egypt is not likely to have a liberal, Western style democracy, like we have.

 

However, they could have easily avoided the overthrow of Mohammad Morsi and the spread of this violence, if they had listened and shown respect to their people, as I had advocated for and prescribed.

 

Now, six people are dead, their blood on the hands of the leadership of Egypt from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Army/Secularists.

 

Who knows how many more are going to die in this conflict, especially if al-Sisi wins in the "election".

 

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Collective attention in the age of (mis)information

It'sIn this work we study, on a sample of 2.3 million individuals, how Facebook users consumed different information at the edge of political discussion and news during the last Italian electoral competition. Pages are categorized, according to their topics and the communities of interests they pertain to, in a) alternative information sources (diffusing topics that are neglected by science and main stream media); b) online political activism; and c) main stream media. We show that attention patterns are similar despite the different qualitative nature of the information, meaning that unsubstantiated claims (mainly conspiracy theories) reverberate for as long as other information. Finally, we categorize users according to their interaction patterns among the different topics and measure how a sample of this social ecosystem (1279 users) responded to the injection of 2788 false information posts. Our analysis reveals that users which are prominently interacting with alternative information sources (i.e. more exposed to unsubstantiated claims) are more prone to interact with false claims.

by Delia Mocanu, Luca Rossi, Qian Zhang, Màrton Karsai, Walter Quattrociocchi

arXiv:1403.3344 [cs.SI]

[v1] Thu, 13 Mar 2014


Via NESS
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It's amazing to see how little we've individually and collectively accomplished in the past odd millenniums, with regards to understanding, accepting and embracing truth.  We all value it.  But very few people seem to really get at it.  Everyone and everything is suspect, even though some things really aren't apart of a malevolent plot or an innocent mistake.

 

As the Buddhists would say, we have to be like ducks, sifting through the water to get at milk that has been mixed in with it.

 

A shame that so many people are lousy at doing precisely this, for one reason and another.  And they'll be ruthlessly stubborn in preserving their opinions, even in light of the evidence and other forms of dialogue.

 

And therein lies the ultimate sovereignty of a nation and, indeed, all nations.

 

No wonder we haven't, and probably won't, do anything truly spectacular, as a species in the grand scheme of the universe.

 

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China's Xi assumes role overseeing military reform, consolidating power | Al Jazeera America

China's Xi assumes role overseeing military reform, consolidating power | Al Jazeera America | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Move comes a day after crackdown on popular messaging app by Internet security body president recently took over
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Turbulence is likely to just continue building within China as the government continues this crackdown without bringing about the meaningful economic, social and environmental changes that are required to keep the Communists in power. This could make the Communists one of the shortest lived dynasties in Chinese history.

 

However, China is not likely to be a fully Westernized liberal democracy as we seem to expect it to be here in the West. China will, most likely, band together under a strong central government that will seem repressive and authoritarian by our standards. However, the standards of being effective, protective and genuinely benevolent to your people is still going to remain in place, and I honestly don't think that the Communists of China seem aware or willing to be aware of the potential international and domestic problems that they are currently facing. All emphasis seems to be put into "cracking down" on people for expressing their concerns, rather than listening to and addressing those concerns in a prompt, effective and careful manner.

 

Like a marriage where one spouse doesn't pay attention to or listen to the needs of the other, the relationship between the society and the government is going to crack. Society will live on while the government who never listened or worked with the society is kicked out. That's practically straight out of Confucius, except instead of the government relating to the society as and adult over children, the government relates to the society as a marriage with both partners equally checking the other out. Society has the upper hand in these affairs, and I think Chinese can understand that. Except, how am I supposed to communicate that to them when I can't even reach my own political side in the real of geopolitics?

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Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system

Via Willy De Backer
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The warning signs are all there.

 

No one of significance is paying attention to it, and the population of humanity remains bogged down in trivial issues.

 

It's funny that the conservative instinct to resist change and take everything for their own small self is the cause of most of the significant changes in our world for the worse.

 

Looks like we're going to have to develop plans for how to dig out of this crater that we're going to fall into.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 15, 2014 1:05 PM

Great must-read article in The Guardian.

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An agent based decentralized matching macroeconomic model

An agent based decentralized matching macroeconomic model | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

In this paper we present a macroeconomic microfounded framework with heterogeneous agents—individuals, firms, banks—which interact through a decentralized matching process presenting common features across four markets—goods, labor, credit and deposit. We study the dynamics of the model by means of computer simulation. Some macroeconomic properties emerge such as endogenous business cycles, nominal GDP growth, unemployment rate fluctuations, the Phillips curve, leverage cycles and credit constraints, bank defaults and financial instability, and the importance of government as an acyclical sector which stabilize the economy. The model highlights that even extended crises can endogenously emerge. In these cases, the system may remain trapped in a large unemployment status, without the possibility to quickly recover unless an exogenous intervention takes place.

by Luca Riccetti, Alberto Russo, Mauro Gallegati


Via NESS
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"...the system may remain trapped in a large unemployment status, without the possibility to quickly recover unless an exogenous intervention takes place."

 

What the government should do, in times of financial crisis, is to bail out businesses and people rather than banks.  If people are guaranteed, the economy can carry on, while the banks can fail for their actions and be over taken by their smaller, less effected competitors.  It is society that is too large to fail, not a specific company or set of companies in the economy.

 

Also, funny how it is that those conservatives who love order and stability are so inclined to get rid of it for the sake of ideology and small-self greed.  Otherwise, they wouldn't be supporting government deregulation and a lack of social support, now would they?

 

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Gaza clash continues as group calls ceasefire

Gaza clash continues as group calls ceasefire | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Israeli jets attack seven sites in Gaza, as Islamic Jihad group says it wants to abide by a ceasefire deal from 2012.
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So, Israel attacks first, breaking the cease-fire, which prompts a response from Islamic Jihad, who then are now on the receiving end of an Israeli assault. 

 

The lesson here, is that Islamic Jihad should have responded with video of the Israeli attack and launched a media campaign in the US via the Internet, not our national news.  Not that any of us seem to care about the fact that we're funding a massive war machine that's acting with unchecked impunity in the Middle East for a poorly prioritized and not very well sensed set of priorities.

 

Conservatives are idiots; war mongering and senseless idiots, regardless of culture, background or ethnicity.

 

And we voted for them or, at the very least, failed to vote against them.

 

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What makes a city resilient?

What makes a city resilient? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
While many point to robust disaster defences, others claim social cohesion is what makes a city great. They're both right, and new projects aim to unearth dozens of other factors

Via bart rosseau
Eli Levine's insight:

Adaptability with a mind towards the citizen's well being is the key to resiliancy, whether it be a city, a region, a society, a country or a civilization.

 

Unfortunately, we're only as agile as the slowest parts.  As we speak, our slowest parts are the very institutions which are meant to "lead" us and to make the signficant decisions for us.  Conservatism, in ideology and principle, only yields death for all.  And, ironically, I think it all stems from an innate fear of death that these people lead us all (including themselves) to death, for the sake of a principle, an ideology, a philosophy or a simple fear of something different and something new.  Change is one of the hardest things for many humans to embrace.  However, it is the only permanent thing in this place.  Might as well get used to it now and learn to be in a constant state of flucuation, rather than cling to an ideal or principle that doesn't work and is going to kill you in practice.

 

Just saying.

 

Think about it.

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bart rosseau's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:07 AM

Resilient, smart, connected... All it boils down to is make a city adaptable to it's citizens, not the other way around.

 

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Chartbook of Economic Inequality – The long-run Perspective on Economic Inequality

This Chartbook presents the empirical evidence about long-run changes in economic inequality. The chartbook covers 25 countries – often over the course of more than one hundred years. For each country a chart shows how different dimensions of economic inequality have changed over time. A detailed description of the data sources is given for each country.


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Eli Levine's insight:

Interesting that poverty fell overall during the middle of the 20th century, even though wages weren't tracking with profits, while only the rich have gotten richer since the 1970's and 80's. 

 

These are the facts.

 

Call them Communistic, call them Socialistic; they're still facts, regardless of what you do or think or feel.

 

The economy is progressive territory.  The society is progressive territory.  The international sphere is progressive territory.

 

And the conservatives?  They have nothing but their own hallucinations and opinions.  They don't match the real world or reflect how things actually work.

I charge that they are not functionally capable of leading, and t think, they're not even really capable of coping with the conditions that exist in this world and are so antithetical to their outlook, hopes and wishes.

 

Conservatives haven't a leg to stand on in the policy argument for the sake of society, other than their nonsensical babblings that justify their own greed.  They ought to have the spittle wiped off their chins and put into mental health wards where they belong.  Judging from their behavior, they are crazy and/or ignorant.  If they're not crazy and/or ignorant, then their malevolent, which is just as good as being deemed "crazy" in my book, chiefly because malevolence only yields net negativities for everyone, including the malevolent one.

 

It's time that society started treating conservatism and general political extremism as mental health problems, not as opinions equal in the light of common reality. 


They're not equal.  And, while the people who espouse these views are equal under the law (which allows people who are dangers to themselves and others to be committed against their wills), the fact of the matter is they're not equal in light of common reality and common humanity.  They ought to be treated and enabled to lead the fullest of lives possible, without causing harm onto everyone else in society through government, politics and policy making.

 

Think about it.

 

Because I'm sick of the back and forth between conservatives and the rest of the citizenry.  It's time that we get these people settled and safely esconced where they belong, for their own sakes and benefits, as well as for all of our sakes and benefits.

 

Otherwise, we'll die under their influence.

 

And, quite frankly, I don't want to die yet or so soon.

 

Do you?

Think about it.

 

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African elephants can distinguish human languages, genders and ages associated with danger

African elephants can distinguish human languages, genders and ages associated with danger | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Humans are among the very few animals that constitute a threat to elephants. Yet not all people are a danger — and elephants seem to know it. The giants have shown a remarkable ability to use sight and scent to distinguish between African ethnic groups that have a history of attacking them and groups that do not. Now a study reveals that they can even discern these differences from words spoken in the local tongues.


Biologists Karen McComb and Graeme Shannon at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, guessed that African elephants (Loxodonta africana) might be able to listen to human speech and make use of what they heard. To tease out whether this was true, they recorded the voices of men from two Kenyan ethnic groups calmly saying, “Look, look over there, a group of elephants is coming,” in their native languages. One of these groups was the semi-nomadic Maasai, some of whom periodically kill elephants during fierce competition for water or cattle-grazing space. The other was the Kamba, a crop-farming group that rarely has violent encounters with elephants.

 

The researchers played the recordings to 47 elephant family groups at Amboseli National Park in Kenya and monitored the animals' behaviour. The differences were remarkable. When the elephants heard the Maasai, they were much more likely to cautiously smell the air or huddle together than when they heard the Kamba. Indeed, the animals bunched together nearly twice as tightly when they heard the Maasai.


“We knew elephants could distinguish the Maasai and Kamba by their clothes and smells, but that they can also do so by their voices alone is really interesting,” says Fritz Vollrath, a zoologist at the University of Oxford, UK.


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Eli Levine's insight:

Doesn't surprise me.  But this is proof that there is a singular kind of consciousness out there that is simply expressed in and through the many different brain types that are present on this world and, potentially, on others.

 

Enjoy the article!

 

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The Simple Rules of Social Contagion

The Simple Rules of Social Contagion | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
It is commonly believed that information spreads between individuals like a pathogen, with each exposure by an informed friend potentially resulting in a naive individual becoming infected. However, empirical studies of social media suggest that individual response to repeated exposure to information is far more complex. As a proxy for intervention experiments, we compare user responses to multiple exposures on two different social media sites, Twitter and Digg. We show that the position of exposing messages on the user-interface strongly affects social contagion. Accounting for this visibility significantly simplifies the dynamics of social contagion. The likelihood an individual will spread information increases monotonically with exposure, while explicit feedback about how many friends have previously spread it increases the likelihood of a response. We provide a framework for unifying information visibility, divided attention, and explicit social feedback to predict the temporal dynamics of user behavior.

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Eli Levine's insight:

I've come to the conclusion that I am not going to spread like wildfire throughout the whole of the population.  My best bank is target who reads what I've got to write, so as to increase the chances that I'm able to do what I'm drawn to do.

 

Who knows if this will work.

 

But I'd rather try than do nothing; take the chance of failure rather than the guarantee of it.

 

Think about it.

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Arjen ten Have's curator insight, March 12, 2014 8:21 AM

These are things we need to consider when we think about society.