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The [Real] Facts

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We're governed by a group of non-adaptive, non-responsive, anti-democratic and generally clueless, senseless and/or ballsless group of imitators and pretend leaders.  They are either incompetent an...
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These are the stakes: survival, or death.

 

No compromise or middle ground in between the two.

 

Pick one or the other.

 

And, failing to pick one in time, results in a decision for "death" by default.

 

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Corporate sustainability: Unilever CEO Polman on ending the “three month rat-race”

Corporate sustainability: Unilever CEO Polman on ending the “three month rat-race” | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Unilever's CEO talks to Reuters about moving away from a focus on short-term corporate results.

 

Unilever is one of the few multinationals seriously committed to the transition towards a sustainable one-planet economy.


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Eli Levine's insight:

It's funny how by focusing on what you should be focusing on, that you tend to be able to succeed. 

 

We still need to focus on reducing the attention towards profits and financial gain and shifting it to well being, health, survival and well being (at least, from a governing perspective).  However, this is a positive development in the business community and it should be fostered by investors and financiers.

 

The human world is going to have to take a much more mature and holistic view of itself, if it is going to be able to survive, let alone, be able to truly thrive.  That's just the way it's going to be.  And, I can't believe that there are so many conservatives and ideologues out there who will kill themselves off for the sake of not changing or the sake of their unworkable ideas and principles.

 

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CEO survey is gloomy reading for the corporate sustainability movement

CEO survey is gloomy reading for the corporate sustainability movement | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The world's largest CEO sustainability study shows most companies are not integrating social, environmental and governance issues into their core strategies

Via Willy De Backer
Eli Levine's insight:

The failure to adapt and shift according to one's more generalized and larger self interest will be what kills the species.  More specifically, it'll be what kills their particular brain type amongst the species, assuming that the rest of us don't go down with it.

 

Silly brains.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, September 21, 2013 3:36 AM

Very good article once more from Guardian's Jo Cofino on the lack of real sustainability transformation of large companies. Even if CEOs understand the challenges, they cannot make the business case in these times of austerity and economic crisis.

Willy De Backer's curator insight, September 21, 2013 3:37 AM

Very good article once more from Guardian's Jo Cofino on the lack of real sustainability transformation of large companies. Even if CEOs understand the challenges, they cannot make the business case in these times of austerity and economic crisis.

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, September 21, 2013 7:47 AM

The study, of more than 1,000 top executives from 27 industries across 103 countries, comes hard on the heels of depressing results from two other recent surveys, one from the UNGC and the other from the global NGO CDP, which also provide concrete evidence of the lack of corporate progress.

 
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Kenneth Rogoff identifies several obstacles to keeping living standards on an upward trajectory

Kenneth Rogoff identifies several obstacles to keeping living standards on an upward trajectory | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The promise that each generation will be better off than the last is a fundamental tenet of modern society. But will future generations, particularly in advanced economies, realize such expectations?

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Eli Levine's insight:

Again, it's a question of producing value as opposed to wealth; health and quality of life over financial gain for a few "owners" of production.

 

What good is a financially bigger cut, if it comes at environmental and social costs that may prove to be deadly to the individuals and organizations who choose to ignore the ecological and social consequences of their action?  What good is a profit if you, and everyone else, is dead?  Who would acknowledge your wealth?  How would you buy things?

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 4, 2014 2:13 PM

Slowly some traditional economists are starting to wake up to the question of the future and nature of growth (see also Pisany-Ferry on this Project Syndicate). Problem is that they are illiterate as regards the impact of energy on the economy. They still fail to grasp the truth of planetary limits to growth.

Gaubert Stephane's curator insight, March 7, 2014 3:19 AM

not sure we'll live better than our parents, though we'll surely live longer ...

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Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that the impact of technological change on living standards has become increasingly unclear

Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that the impact of technological change on living standards has become increasingly unclear | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Around the world, there is enormous enthusiasm for the type of technological innovation symbolized by Silicon Valley, with many attempting to replicate the ingenuity that they regard as America’s true comparative advantage. But there is a puzzle: it is difficult to detect the benefits of this innovation in GDP statistics.

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Eli Levine's insight:

The valueless economy at work.  At least, the way that we measure it is valueless.

What good is monetary gain if it does not produce a better quality of life for everyone?

How does it help the elite if they destroy everything for the sake of personal monetary "gain"? 

 

Why do we sacrifice so much of our actual well being for the sake of GDP "growth" (if that "growth" manifests itself in the first place

 

Think about it.

 

Because, apparently, some very important people, are not.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 9, 2014 8:22 AM

Excellent article by Joe Stiglitz in Project Syndicate.

rafaeldiazarias's curator insight, March 10, 2014 4:32 AM

A menudo se ignoran los costes sociales de las innovaciones, tanto en términos económicos como de progreso social

Artur Alves's curator insight, March 11, 2014 5:38 AM

"Still, one cannot avoid the uneasy feeling that, when all is said and done, the contribution of recent technological innovations to long-term growth in living standards may be substantially less than the enthusiasts claim. A lot of intellectual effort has been devoted to devising better ways of maximizing advertising and marketing budgets – targeting customers, especially the affluent, who might actually buy the product. But standards of living might have been raised even more if all of this innovative talent had been allocated to more fundamental research – or even to more applied research that could have led to new products."

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Shock waves on complex networks

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Power grids, road maps, and river streams are examples of infrastructural networks which are highly vulnerable to external perturbations. An abrupt local change of load (voltage, traffic density, or water level) might propagate in a cascading way and affect a significant fraction of the network. Almost discontinuous perturbations can be modeled by shock waves which can eventually interfere constructively and endanger the normal functionality of the infrastructure. We study their dynamics by solving the Burgers equation under random perturbations on several real and artificial directed graphs. Even for graphs with a narrow distribution of node properties (e.g., degree or betweenness), a steady state is reached exhibiting a heterogeneous load distribution, having a difference of one order of magnitude between the highest and average loads. Unexpectedly we find for the European power grid and for finite Watts-Strogatz networks a broad pronounced bimodal distribution for the loads. To identify the most vulnerable nodes, we introduce the concept of node-basin size, a purely topological property which we show to be strongly correlated to the average load of a node.


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Very intuitive and vital to our strategy of defense and preparedness.

 

Start with the homeland.

 

THEN cover the world.

 

If you can do that, honestly.  You'll need popular support of people in order to carry out that kind of feat.

 

Not guns or bombs.

 

Silly generals.

 

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Russia Is Doomed

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Don’t be fooled by Putin’s façade; the pillars of Russian power are steadily declining.
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I've actually suggested as far back as 2010 that Russia needs to modernize and diversify its economy by investing the wealth earned by natural resources into civilian goods and production.  A nation needs its own manufacturing base in order to stimulate domestic demand, to be independent of other country's ability to manufacture and to have the potential to export to other countries.

 

In the end, the growth of the economy levels off, and becomes more "stagnant", even though money is still being made and goods and services are still circulating throughout the society and returns still get made on investments.  The only difference is that the measurements that is attended to is well being, health, quality of life and sustainability.

 

Russia has a tremendous opportunity to advance itself and the world.  If only its culture was more progressive and forward thinking, and less conservative, apathetic and fatalistic.

 

Oh well.

 

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Market Socialism and The Role of Democracy

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 we Market Socialism and The Role of Democracy It's not perfectly elegant. There's also the Mixed Economic System to be considered (one that worked reasonably well in Yugoslavia). I'd still rather have...

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It's not a perfect base.

Quite honestly, I think it's a little too idealistic for practical purposes.

But this is the general course of action that, I think, needs to be steered, if we are going to survive and a species, let alone, be able to thrive.

 

What good are profits if you earn them at the expense of the rest of society and the environment, both of which, you depend on?

Shouldn't the government's interests be to maximize health, well being and opportunities for quality of life for its people as opposed to financial profits or market productivity for the sake of productivity?

 

What good are profits and wealth if you're left miserable by them or if you buy them at the expense of other, more fundamental things that you need, as an organism?

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Capitalism vs. Democracy; The Rise of The Valueless Economy

Capitalism vs. Democracy; The Rise of The Valueless Economy | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Is deepening inequality inevitable? The case for a global wealth tax.
Eli Levine's insight:

We're seeing, here, how wealth that used to go into the production of things that we can use is actually, now, being used in simply the production of wealth for those who already have it, while the rest of us simply live in the technological and economic rut created by the centralization of wealth caused by Capitalism.

Rest assured, this is what the Right does.  It simply re-establishes a private, non-accountable and inaccessible leadership corps in our society who tend to dunk under anyone and everyone for the sake of their small self "gain" at the expense of the well being of their larger, and more relevant large Self (which includes all members of society and the environment/universe in which we're living and apart of).

 

Right wing ideology is just deference to those who already hold power, without any thought or question as to what they're doing, to whom and for what reason.  It is a common social disease, as well as an individual mental illness.  It must be treated as such within ourselves and within our societies, if we are going to be able to grow out of these small "selfish" tendencies that have crippled and disabled us from realizing our value as individuals and as a collective society.

 

Those who do not wish to live within the confines of the collective, are free to leave, alone, and without any artifacts of the society that they did not personally produce themselves from scratch.  This means no food grown by anyone other than themselves; no clothing whose fibers were not grown by them, woven by them and tailored by them.  No electricity or electrically productive tools they did not design and construct themselves.  No vehicles, automobiles.  No companionship.   No community.  No money.

 

If the conservatives and Libertarians are really THAT opposed to society, and being social with other people, than I defy them to do all of the above and more.  Let them put their actions where their mouths and thoughts are.  Because this isolation is exactly the logical conclusion that can be drawn from what they propose.  If they want ANYTHING from society, they must necessarily submit to the common sense and reasoned rules of that society, such that the society is not destroyed for their small "self" "benefit".


This is where their actions lead to.

 

This is what they actively glorify.

 

And this is proof of their inability and unwillingness to work with reality, and the pathological condition of their brains with regards to working with the other that is our environment and our society's members for their own sakes.

 

Conservatives and Libertarians are, in short, dangers to themselves and dangers to others.  And, I think, that it's time we started treating them as such, such that they can get into mental health care for their disconnected, dissociated and anti-social tendencies.  For their sakes, as well as for ours.

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The Demons Among Us

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The Demons Among Us What offends me about conservatism, is its ideological commitment to a lack of governmental presence. True, there is such a thing as too much or inappropriate government, they w...
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All you need to do is watch their behavior and look at their desired courses of actions in government and policy, to see that they're not healthy for us.

 

They  just know how to pull on our brains, like grotesque puppeteers, and make us do things that are against our interests and their interests, in the long term.


Conservatives and ideologues need to be put in psych wards, for their own sake and benefit at the very least, for all of our sake and benefit, at the very most.

 

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Turkish court orders release of ex-army chief

Turkish court orders release of ex-army chief | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Ilker Basbug, who is serving life sentence for an attempted coup, to be freed by court order citing violation of rights.
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Not the cleverest move that Mr. Erdogan could have done.  Now he could face a united military front combined with opposition from his more conservative Salafist opponents. 

 

However, the military is still going to be bound by the democratic will of the Turkish society.  To that end, a coup is not in their interests.  However, elections may be.

 

Turkey is an interesting case, because much of its population is still rural and conservative while the cities are bustling and mainly progressive.  Unless the military meets these more conservative rural folk "in the middle", rather than attempting to impose their values on the rest of society, they'll continue to be challenged at home and abroad for their undemocratic and authoritarian actions.

 

At any rate, this political situation in Turkey has got to simmer down, otherwise, their economic success is going to be ruined (if it hasn't already.  Above all, a society needs a stable, authoritative, legitimate and small "d" democratic government (as opposed to a large "D" Democratic one).  It needs to work according to the logic of the locals, and it needs to function in a predictable manner without violence or intermittant interruptions.  Those create instability, chaos and poorer investment opportunities for the country and their businesses.

After all, if you can't rely on goods A arriving on time for a certain part of your production chain, or if production halts in your factory thanks to the political and social upheaval in a given country, how do you turn a profit reliably and safely? 

 

This petty political turmoil in Turkey has got to end, for Turkey's sake.  And, with history as our witness, it will probably be the military that will (imperfectly) break this nonsensical stalement over a little extra power and a little extra prestige or a disagreement that should be worked out through dialogue and evidence-based analysis.

Sad, but, this science thing is precisely what humans are so terrible at, at their own expense, really, in spite of the "benefits" they may realize from ignoring it.

 

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Warning over hospital superbug rise

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Sixteen patients have died in Manchester over the past four years while infected with a highly resistant superbug, figures show.
Eli Levine's insight:

And, here we are in the 21st century.

 

Foisted by our own petard!

 

You think Nature is something that CAN be controlled?

Think again.

 

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Crimea vote 'will not be recognised'

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Ukraine's interim PM says "no-one in the civilised world" will recognise Crimea's referendum on joining Russia, as Moscow backs the vote.
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What we have here, is an apparent failure to communicate and examine the other side in the given conflict. As usual, everyone is focused on their needs and wants, while not getting at or examining the other sides' needs and wants, just like petulant children. 

 

The Ukrainian state has failed to reach a stance that would have ensured unity amongst Russian and Ukrainian people under the Ukrainian state in Kiev. Instead, it has asserted Ukrainian nationalism over Russian ethnic identity and, as usual, the ethnic identity is going to win out when confronted by a different tribe (or nationality) of people. The people of Crimea are, primarily, Russian.  While it is possible to have a multi-ethnic society (like the United States or Russia or China), the only way that such regimes are possible is if there is a common identity that sinks beneath the surface ethnicity; something to unite and enable ALL of society to live within the society as equals under the law and customs of the state, regardless of their ethnic ties or any of the other superficial divisions of humanity.  Otherwise, you get what's happening in a lot of African societies, where one side is domineering in government, excluding others from being equal participants in government and, thus, leading to anarchy and no rule or peace for anyone. 

 

Ukraine is trying to assert its identity and itself over the Russian peoples of Ukraine, leaving no room for Russians to join in under the Ukrainian tent.  Division then becomes the best option and, from the looks of it, becomes the likely case to follow from such pig-headed pride and stupidity. Yet is the EU or the US calling the Ukrainian authorities out for this nonsense?

Once again, we win the battle, but lose the war entirely. Welcome to the consequences of US foreign policy attitudes, perspectives and actions. Think about it.

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Rio+20: Jeffrey Sachs on how business destroyed democracy and virtuous life

Rio+20: Jeffrey Sachs on how business destroyed democracy and virtuous life | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The world famous economist on corporate control, the search for happiness and why a multi-disciplinary approach is the only way to find solutions to sustainability challenges...

 

Excellent article from the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog.


Via Willy De Backer
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It will be taken back.

 

Society will either die or not stand for this stuff.  There is no room for a middle way between survival and death.

 

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Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back

Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Businesses will stick to the status quo whatever the disastrous consequences unless we build a credible sustainability vision

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Even if a new and functional vision of the world were to come up, would they listen?

 

Would they see?

 

We're a species that is perfectly capable of adaptation and self-produced evolution.

 

How is it that these folks aren't changing themselves for the sake of their own long term (and short term, btw) beneft?

 

Where is the failure to connect?

 

And, more importantly, how do we actually change them, before it's too late for all of us?

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 13, 2013 5:06 AM

Excellent article by Jo Cofino of the Guardian underlining the need for the sustainability movement to stop analysing and start doing.

Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 13, 2013 5:08 AM

"To create the pathway for fundamental change, it is therefore vital that we mainstream a credible vision of a prosperous future within planetary boundaries, but the sustainability movement has so far failed to do this." - so correct!

Antoine Moore's comment, April 16, 2013 8:47 AM
To me the most salient statement of this article was this: Standing back from the whole sustainability debate, the sense I have is that before we can come up with a credible future vision, we must firstly let go of our egoic need to be in control and be right. The paradox is that only by embracing uncertainty, will the way forward start to manifest." Business leaders have to become more comfortable with uncertainty and not knowing upfront the way forward which presumably might also suggest the possibility of not acting but rather sensing into the storyline unfolding in the field of one's experience.
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The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise

The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Lester R.Brown: Unless we move quickly to adopt new population, energy, and water policies, the goal of eradicating hunger will remain just that...

 

Another warning but no one is listening until it is too late and then we will get the "free" rock concerts again.


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This should be truly terrifying to thsoe who hold political and social power at our present juncture.

 

Yet what are they doing to mitigate the problems of these impending crises, other than to prepare civilization for marshal law?  How are they actually helping others (and themselves) through the constant resorting to the jack-boot?

 

Not very enlightened.

 

Not every inspired.


Not very original.

 

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How Money Changes Climate Debate

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Why have conservative groups been so successful in casting doubt on global warming?

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Fools.

 

What good is money if you're not going to be alive to spend it?

 

Why not pay for the new technology, upgrade our infrastructure and be done with fossil fuels for good?

No more national security issues over energy.  No more conflicts that we shouldn't otherwise be involved in.  No more major pollution for the sake of monetary gain that we shouldn't be caring about or wanting.

 

The biggest concern for me would be getting jobs for all the workers who'd be laid off.  They'd need to be transferred, somehow, into the new economy and be taken care of.

 

Apart from that, the fossil fuel owners could just find new companies to run, for all I care.  They've got the money to survive, after all.

 

Time to innovate and adapt. 

 

Or die.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 6, 2014 2:25 PM

You have an organisation and want to get rich? Become a climate denier!

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, March 7, 2014 7:01 AM

A recent study published in the journal Climatic Change finds that much of the millions of dollars that funds these groups comes from secret sources, and a good portion of the rest is from publicity-shy conservative foundations and wealthy donors.

 
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Mindsets and Money: Breaking the Grip of Distorted Economics

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"Some businesses are beginning to expand their focus beyond the surprisingly recent, single-minded obsession with maximizing shareholder value. Yet we haven’t solved the core problem, because the game is fundamentally defined by its rules. And markets, for all their agility and elegance, are massively distorted in several critical ways:..."


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I've been saying this for a few years now.

 

Money HAS to be put in its place, relative to the biological, social and environmental needs of humanity, in both the short and the long term.  Otherwise, we're going to kill ourselves for what amounts to pieces of cloth rag or digital signatures that we don't honestly need and shouldn't really want, if produced by those methods which kill our society, our environment and, ultimately, ourselves through killing our society and environment.

 

This would all start in the private financial sector which makes the investments and the decisoins as to what gets funded and what doesn't.  Who cares if the return is less, especially if you're still able to make a return?  Why should society and the will of society as expressed through the law tolerate or accept the pathological behavior of a few individuals who have mistaken money for something that they need over their physical, social and environmental needs?

 

Think about it.

 

Because it is a pathological mindset/brain type that's at work here.  It shows in the person's behavior, actions, perspectives and attitudes about all things that relate to them.  They need help, more than anything.  And, I don't think they should have a choice about whether they receive help or not, considering how dangerous their actions are for themselves and the rest of us.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:32 PM

Excellent ideas from Gil Friend on the radical business reforms needed to make our economies sustainable.

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Origin of Peer Influence in Social Networks

Social networks pervade our everyday lives: we interact, influence, and are influenced by our friends and acquaintances. With the advent of the World Wide Web, large amounts of data on social networks have become available, allowing the quantitative analysis of the distribution of information on them, including behavioral traits and fads. Recent studies of correlations among members of a social network, who exhibit the same trait, have shown that individuals influence not only their direct contacts but also friends’ friends, up to a network distance extending beyond their closest peers. Here, we show how such patterns of correlations between peers emerge in networked populations. We use standard models (yet reflecting intrinsically different mechanisms) of information spreading to argue that empirically observed patterns of correlation among peers emerge naturally from a wide range of dynamics, being essentially independent of the type of information, on how it spreads, and even on the class of underlying network that interconnects individuals. Finally, we show that the sparser and clustered the network, the more far reaching the influence of each individual will be.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.098702

Origin of Peer Influence in Social Networks
Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 098702 – Published 6 March 2014
Flávio L. Pinheiro, Marta D. Santos, Francisco C. Santos, and Jorge M. Pacheco


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Indeed, we are all interconnected in very profound and subtle ways, whether we accept it or not.


This one's for the Libertarians and conservatives out there, who don't seem to think that their actions effect the other, or that the other can effect them, or that the actions done onto the other will effect the actions that are done onto them by the other.

 

Kind of like how they blame the poor for being angry at the rich, after the poor produced the wealth that engorges the rich.

 

Silly people....

 

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The Failure of Neoliberalism and Neoclassicism

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The Failure of Neoliberalism and Neoclassicism The markets are failing, I think, because too much emphasis is being placed on profit maximization and not enough on the generation of value for the e...
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The old ways of looking at economies and societies is failing.

 

And all the present governmental systems are doing is preparing to crack down against we, the people they are, technically, supposed to be looking after and tending to, if they were following through for their own sakes and benefits.

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Patterns of History

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In the 1980's, the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan after a very long, drawn out and pricey invasion and occupation.  Crippled by the economic, social and military costs of the war, the Sovie...
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Here we go again....

All thanks to the non-sensing nature of our current leadership corps' brains and sense organs.

 

The Soviets get the last laugh, it seems.

All thanks to conservatism, ideologism, and a disconnection with, willful and unwillful, the actual reality that is around us, and that we are apart of.

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The Democratic Crisis of Capitalism

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"...whenever Capitalism exists without democracy, it will be exposed to be a critique of exploitation and injustice, likely to be expressed through calls for inclusive, egalitarian democracy." (pg 18)

 

Capitalism, without a mind towards social and environmental consequences, will ultimately be its own undoing on the purely tangible and practical level.

 

The Right, far from winning anything in the process, risks losing everything that they have fought for and valued through their persistent reliance on small "self" gratification at the expense of the larger Self that we each and all actually possess.  It is nothing but the jackboot of the elite, the dogs which obey and bite mercilessly for the sake of those corporate masters whom they identify with more than the general public of humanity, regardless of the individual Right winger's actual station in life and in society.

 

The individual dies in the pursuit of itself, alien to the others which compose the rest of society.  The demons of Hindu and Judeo-Christian mythology truly do walk among us, always have.  They have consistently gone by the title of "conservatives" with the distinct conservative patterns of behavior towards the ideological, the abstract, the barbarously cruel and the lack of change over the practical, the empirical, the benevolent and the adaptability to make it in this constantly changing and highly dynamic universe.

 

It's just a brain type that we're up against.  Just a pathological condition that we haven't quite understood as a pathology yet (but really should, if we're ALL going to survive and be well on this planet).  And, I think, it's time we begin excluding the Right from our governments, our politics and our institutions of consequence and authority, such that we only have benevolent, sensed, and reality-based leaders in our social world, who are able and willing to comprehend and factor in the "other" when making their choices, conclusions and actions.

 

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China: At a crossroads

China: At a crossroads | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
China is luring back expatriates with generous incentives, causing many to weigh the pros and cons of returning.

 

China: At a crossroads
• Quirin Schiermeier
Nature 507, 129–131 (06 March 2014) http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nj7490-129a


Via Complexity Digest
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Terrific....

 

And what are we investing in academia?  A load of crap to "confirm" the results our elites WANT to have confirmed (versus the results that are actually present?)

What ARE we DOING?

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Russian Crimea move fails legal test

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Russia's intervention in Crimea violates international law, says legal expert Prof Marc Weller of Cambridge University.
Eli Levine's insight:

This is a sign that we're goverend too much by lawyers and not enough by human beings with empathy and common tactical sense.

 

Who CARES if the occupation and annexation of Crimea is legal or not legal?

What difference does the legality make if the people vote to join the Russian Federation, or if the Russian troops defacto occupy the territory?

What is the international community going to do?  Sue Putin?

Lol!

 

Seriously, I would argue that this is a TACTICAL error on the part of Putin, as it would only earn him acrimony from all sides, except for the Russians, whereas he could support independence and then have some ground to talk.  That, or he could calm down and work WITH Ukraine to come to a mutually satisfying conclusion to this crisis, thus saving him the military and social issues that come with this.

 

But, in all honesty, laws are only as good as they match with the natural laws of the universe and are enforceable by we as human agents of the law.  Vladimir Putin may be making a horrendous tactical blunder by taking over Crimea from Ukraine, and I would use THAT in my argumentation against his actions.  However, who CARES about the legal ramifications of these actions when the human made laws do NOT conform to the natural laws of the jungle in which we very much are in and very much are apart of.

 

Think about it.....

 

Can't believe I have to be making this kind of point to "grown" adults.

 

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Empathy Map Your Way to Relevant Messages

Empathy Map Your Way to Relevant Messages | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Get to know what the folks you want to engage think, do, care about and hate via personas and this new Empathy Map tool.

 

The  Empathy Map is a proven framework for strong connections with the folks you need to act—to give, to volunteer, to take whatever action you need to move your mission forward.

 

The Map highlights key elements of your supporters’ environment, behavior, concerns and aspirations, enabling you to hone your messages, tone and channels to what’s most important to them (and so most likely to be digested, and acted on). That’s relevance, and relevance rules.

 

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The  Empathy Map is a proven framework

for strong connections with

the folks you need to act 

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by Rob Wu 


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Useful.

 

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