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The Emanation of Supreme Compassion

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In Buddhism, our bodhisattva Avaloktishvara, the symbol and state of Supreme Compassion, is said to be what all other religions, especially in the Abrahamic tradition, know as God.  In Buddhism, there is no Creator being, because all beings arise out of interdependence and have no singular "beginning" or "end" point.  Those two opposite concepts, indeed, the whole range of concepts that are dual, is considered to be, in fact, one and the same things in essence and dependent upon our own conceptions of these things, which are not absolute and are only as lasting as you allow them to be.

 

In spite of being the emanation of Supreme Compassion, Avaloktishvara has a wrathful side, known as Mahakala.  This is your mother scolding you for touching a hot radiator when you were little, or yelling at you in an effort to protect and teach you in such a way as to effectively get your attention and correct your behavior for your own sake and benefit.  This excludes moments when she could just be screaming at you because she's just mean (which could be the case).  In this case, I think that her behavior can ultimately be interpreted as a means for you to learn unconditional compassion for someone who brought you into this world and is suffering just as we all are, perhaps in ways that are greater than you can imagine (if you're going to follow a correct path to Enlightenment).

 

Let's hope that the experiences we're about to go through are ultimately the effects of Mahakala working his magic on the world, to get us back on track as a species and to hopefully eliminate the suffering that is in the hearts and minds of those who are causing our whole world (and their own world) considerable harm and damage.

 

Let us hope that the moment becomes ripe for us to make our move against the idiotic, the misers, and the callous individuals who inhabit and control our world by default.  Never be moved by the crocodile tears they're going to shed, brought on in a moment of panic and desperation more than out of anything sincere and genuine.

 

They really don't work on the same plane as the rest of us.  That is how I know they're mentally diseased at best by the illusions of wealth, well-being, and power that they think they have as a result of their poorly chosen and poorly prioritized actions.

 

Supreme rationality my foot!  They're just Ignoratti, out to "conquer" the world at the barrel of a gun and for the sake of things they don't really need (and shouldn't really want) to begin with. 

 

Down with the Ignoratti and all those who follow them through their actions!

 

It's already been done.  It's just a matter of time.

 

Idiots....

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Worse than the 1930s: Europe’s recession is really a depression

Worse than the 1930s: Europe’s recession is really a depression | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Europe's self-inflicted wounds are making its recession worse than the worst of the 1930s.

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It would be interesting to compare policies enacted in a time of economic crisis to see which ones led to faster, more robust, and more stable recoveries and which ones did not.  Hypothetically, it would make sense for increased spending to prop up average consumers, rather than protect the established elites' stockpiles of wealth.  One can use it more than the other, and would use it to keep the economy humming along while the other would just sit on it and slowly reintroduce it when they "felt" that the time was right (if ever).  Banks are only going to help banks.  People are going to help themselves work their ways out of economic depression.  Therefore, why not back up the public and let the banks, bankers, and elites (who started the crisis in the first place through their policy choices) go down?  What would keep the government from protecting itself through protecting the public?  How would the elites not benefit from preserving the social unit in the first place rather than keep wealth that they don't and can't use?

 

Just some thoughts.

 

Strange species.

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The Neuroscience of Fairness and Injustice

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How Our Brains Are Wired to Resist Unfair Treatment

Humans are inherently social beings. We care not only about material and financial rewards, but also about social status, belonging, and respect. Research studies show that our brains automatically evaluate the fairness of how financial rewards are distributed. We seem to have a happiness response to fair treatment and a disgust or protest response to unfairness. Thisbrain wiring has implications for life happiness, relationship satisfaction, raising kids, and organizational leadership.  This article will examine how we define fairness, how your brain processes experiences of fairness and unfairness, and how to cope with life’s unfair moments..

 


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An addendum to this should be that we resist what we each and all define as injustice, unfairness, and tyranny.  The definition of these things are objectively subjective, which is how we get differences of opinion and belief.  However, there are some things that are common to us all, and one has to wonder at the definitions of some other people, as to whether or not their definitions match up with what the collective actually is feeling.

 

For example, conservatives and Libertarians can be living in absolute poverty, and think it unfair that richer people be taxed more to help raise them out of poverty.  Economically, it's impossible to lift oneself up by your own bootstraps alone, without someone providing you boots to do so.  You can't get something from nothing, and that's what some conservatives and Libertarians have.  So, not only are they incorrect about how the economy works, but they're also advocating policy that many more of us would find unjust and unfair when phrased explicitly and honestly to the public.  You can change people's stated opinions through manipulation of the question phrases.  However, you usually can't and don't change the deep, complicated sentiments that most people have without having some kind of "aha" moment that is endogenous to themselves.  Enlightenment is not a gift that can be given.  It has to be produced from within you based on your actions, attitudes, behaviors, and experiences.

 

Therefore, it is primarily through this confusion of fact and manipulation of phrasing, ignorance, and plain callousness that we get differing opinions as to what fair is in many cases.  Some variety is ok.  However, the extremes of difference that we're experiencing do not reflect the common reality in which we are living.  The actual consequences that are realized from the conservative and Libertarian approach would not be supported by the majority opinion (when asked honestly and explicitly) because most of us have a different and more accurate understanding of fairness.  Quite frankly, I don't know how it is that we spend so much time caught up with individuals who don't know, don't care to know, and refuse to accept the common reality around them for the sake of a presupposed, manufactured and highly inaccurate perception of the world, with the unworkable and unjust opinions and conclusions that follow from their distorted view of the world.  It's time that we ideologically ditch all ideologies, ideologues, and people whose opinions don't match the common reality; people who refuse to accept the common reality, even when it is clearly presented to them.  They will get us killed, in the long term, because they are like bats who do not have properly functioning echo location senses.  They will fly us all into trees, into water, into the ground, or into some hungry predator's mouth, because they've presupposed the reality and are dug into those presuppositions, rather than attentive to the reality itself that is around them.

 

I don't want to die because of these people.  Do you?

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The Grand Dictatorship of the Cosmos

I don't pretend to be open minded.  The fact of the matter is that the universe is not a very open minded place to some, if not most, things.  Reality truly is a dictatorship, and we can either learn to accept that that's the way that it works or continue to languish in ignorance, stupidity, and misconceptions about our world.

 

The openness with me comes from admitting to myself, at the very least, that I could be wrong about some things.  I don't have all the answers to the universe; I can't.  However, I do know societies, governing systems, economies, people, history, international relations and, to a lesser extent, environmental and biological science.  You can either accept that reality works in particular ways that have to be followed for your own sake, or you can continue to try putting that square peg into the round hole.  I don't really care.  You're either going to be obeying natural law, or obeying a deeper natural law that trumps other natural laws.

 

That's it.

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A Blip In Time

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If you don't take care of certain problems through policy, you're going to be facing the bigger brother of those problems later.

 

Poverty is likely one of the chief diseases of the human condition, while excess leads to its own psychological and physical health problems.  Drug use can thrive in both ends of the social spectrum, thanks to a sense of helplessness and need to escape on one hand, and the psychologically unbalanced sense of entitlement, privilege, and ability to do whatever on the other.  Poverty decreases parents' ability to tend to their children, which makes for greater issues and stresses in society and on all of society's members later on in the children's future.  Simply saying that poor people ought not have children then is a gross simplification of a complex physical and psychological issue, not to mention inhibiting upon a person's ability to live a full life of peace, happiness, and personal accomplishment.

 

Poverty is a downward spiral to lives of despair, hopelessness, anger, helplessness, and dependency across generations.  It ruins our society's cohesiveness, allows for the potential for greater foreign intervention, makes us strategically weaker as a society (through a sensed lack of ownership and a lack of having a good place to grow up), and enables the issues associated with excessive wealth a problem among those who govern on top.  If this society is going to get itself revitalized as a whole, physically, psychologically, socially, environmentally, and internationally, its government and governing members need to change their attitudes, priorities, and actions vis a vis the general public and the way that they associate and work with the society as a whole.

 

Conservatism needs to be regarded as a dead ideology, if we're going to get out of our problems.  We cannot afford to have an ideological set and serious political factions acting on the principles that nothing changes, and that everything should be consumed by the few who happen to be on top at any given moment in time.  Libertarianism, likewise, needs to be considered a dead ideology, because a weak, inactive, and inattentive government is precisely what leads to the development of the anarchical society where business cannot be conducted safely and securely.  Finally, Liberalism, especially with regards to the established "Liberal" parties, has to be considered a dead ideology, because it is overly simplistic with its feelings and sentiments, and does not appreciate the scope and potential for a society to have more than one actor carrying out the necessary activities of social functions.  All of these things are products of a grand hallucination that takes us away from the scientific, repeatable, and consistently persistent facts which make up our social and physical worlds.  The reality is there, period, and it is far more dictatorial than anything or anyone that is living or dead in this universe of ours.  You can either choose to accept this discovered and changing reality, or you can succumb to mediocrity and more probable social and species-wide extinction through the increased probability of making mistakes in government and in our society relative to each other and to the environment in which we are living and apart of.

 

The choice is up to you.  But I don't think we technically have a choice, thanks to the nature of our present biology and our present abilities to sense, prioritize, make sense of, and work with our empirical reality.  Scientists say one thing, based on what they've examined and studied rigorously from the universe around us, and people do other things.

 

Enjoy your blip in time, humans.  It was "fun" while it lasted.

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The Reconstruction and Significance of the Public Dialogue for Governing Members (and Governments)

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Policy makers, if they want to maintain leadership positions with greater ease and build respect, trust, and longevity into their political office, career, and institution, would make themselves as available to listening to the public, at the very least, if not actively communicating with them at the very most.  Imagine Twitter and Vine accounts (multiple) for Congressional, Executive, and Judicial offices?  Imagine issuing a phone to low income people dedicated to Twitter, Vine, and YouTube access.  Imagine putting direct communication feedback and having funds for staff available to watch these channels (and others) constantly?  Imagine using big data processing techniques to generate word clouds and statistical analysis of these sentiments, expressed across the nation?

 

No need for spying.

 

Simply let the people have a voice, and listen to what they have to say, good, bad, or indifferent.  This can be done in real time, not only through polls and election results.  Include the local dialogue of communities, within and amongst communities.

 

Listen to what people are saying, rather than manipulating or telling them what to say, and tease out their actual needs and wants through the dialogue.  Feel free to use these methods of communication to get your own word and message out.  But please, recognize that you're the insignificant voice out there, who should be doing more listening and less talking.  The government is simply the guide of the public, serving at the public's will and discretion.  The public may be allowed to get rid of a good government, and be bashed around by pretenders, idiots, and generally ignorant people.  But always be willing to take the society back when and if it begins to crave good government.  Give them tastes of the best governmental function that you can give them.  Watch how they respond to the love, care, and genuine skill and effectiveness.

 

Therefore, always listen to the society and do not attempt to put words and sentiments in their mouths and heads that aren't really there.  Express your reasoning honestly, and listen to their reasoning and sentiments as well.

 

This is a method for ensuring longevity of regime, longevity of institutions, and longevity of people within institutions.  It is flexible, adjusting to the times and the needs, rather than imposing or seeking to impose upon the other that is the whole human society around the institution(s) and people in question.

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JIDT: An information-theoretic toolkit for studying the dynamics of complex systems

Complex systems are increasingly being viewed as distributed information processing systems, particularly in the domains of computational neuroscience, bioinformatics and Artificial Life. This trend has resulted in a strong uptake in the use of (Shannon) information-theoretic measures to analyse the dynamics of complex systems in these fields. We introduce the Java Information Dynamics Toolkit (JIDT): a Google code project which provides a standalone, (GNU GPL v3 licensed) open-source code implementation for empirical estimation of information-theoretic measures from time-series data. While the toolkit provides classic information-theoretic measures (e.g. entropy, mutual information, conditional mutual information), it ultimately focusses on implementing higher-level measures for information dynamics. That is, JIDT focusses on quantifying information storage, transfer and modification, and the dynamics of these operations in space and time. For this purpose, it includes implementations of the transfer entropy and active information storage, their multivariate extensions and local or pointwise variants. JIDT provides implementations for both discrete and continuous-valued data for each measure, including various types of estimator for continuous data (e.g. Gaussian, box-kernel and Kraskov-Stoegbauer-Grassberger) which can be swapped at run-time due to Java's object-oriented polymorphism. Furthermore, while written in Java, the toolkit can be used directly in MATLAB, GNU Octave and Python. We present the principles behind the code design, and provide several examples to guide users

 

"JIDT: An information-theoretic toolkit for studying the dynamics of complex systems"
Joseph T. Lizier, arXiv:1408.3270, 2014
http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.3270


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A Fed Redefined

Envisioned roles of the American federal government domestically: education, healthcare, infrastructure, economic oversight (watching and regulation), defense (against all hazards), environmental stewardship. Anything beyond this scope should be left to the states or counties or municipalities or coalitions or sub-governments to work out, potentially with federal support. The feds are too large to do experimental governing, especially in the unvetted large scale. Better to leave experimentation in the lower levels and work with best practices that develop, potentially with some federal financial support.

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A Proposal of a Backbone for Research, Sensing Social Data, and Carrying Out Policy

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Research into society is essentially quantum in nature.  It all depends on where you look, what you look at, and how you look at that which you're looking at.  Observe the effects of a policy or a set of social conditions, and the same facts will yield different opinions depending upon who is looking at them.  Observation changes the outcomes that are realized, for better and for worse, depending on whether or not the person in question is able to observe things accurately, effectively, quickly, and be able to synthesize empirically effective solutions to the issues that are at hand  There are only a limited number of things that can actually help the society, and even fewer that will help the society realize optimal conditions within the society through a myriad of different times and sets of conditions.  This is why and how public service likely becomes as convoluted, complicated, and difficult to sense, carry out, and follow through on. 

 

It is possible to make a grand monument out of a society and ensure that it can self-sustain itself from its bottom up needs and wants.  The trouble is, then, do we have the skill, technique, ability to gather relevant knowledge and information, ability to decipher and define what relevant knowledge and information is, and the will to make it be so for all of our sakes, as well as for our small self, individual person?

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Programmable self-assembly in a thousand-robot swarm

Self-assembly enables nature to build complex forms, from multicellular organisms to complex animal structures such as flocks of birds, through the interaction of vast numbers of limited and unreliable individuals. Creating this ability in engineered systems poses challenges in the design of both algorithms and physical systems that can operate at such scales. We report a system that demonstrates programmable self-assembly of complex two-dimensional shapes with a thousand-robot swarm. This was enabled by creating autonomous robots designed to operate in large groups and to cooperate through local interactions and by developing a collective algorithm for shape formation that is highly robust to the variability and error characteristic of large-scale decentralized systems. This work advances the aim of creating artificial swarms with the capabilities of natural ones.


Programmable self-assembly in a thousand-robot swarm
Michael Rubenstein, Alejandro Cornejo, Radhika Nagpal

Science 15 August 2014:
Vol. 345 no. 6198 pp. 795-799
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1254295


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Imagine what we can do as a society with this way of thinking and feeling in our governing bodies. This isn't social engineering, but the submission to discovered, natural law in the society, environment, economy, and universe as a whole.

 

It's all one thing. 

 

Enjoy. 

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The Islamic State | VICE News

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I love VICE. Best reporting I've seen on IS, and useful intelligence about what is happening and who these people are.

These are the kinds of people who can seduce swaths of humanity to their ...cause but will ultimately make enemies of everyone at the end if the day. Hopefully wecanfend them off long enough to ensure humanity's victory over the conservatives internationally and at home. They don't think in terms of the larger social picture or the larger environmental picture. That's their greatest weakness and how they can be so competent at getting things done short term, but failing in the long term. We need to focus on accelerating Muslims' wake up call that these people are not really their friends while defending our homeland. We'll get them later.

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Counter Insurgency 101: The Social Approach

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Established, well armed, populous, and conscientious societies are always harder to take, occupy, and conquer.  What made the original Caliphate so mobile and powerful early on was that there were many factors that were working in favor of them when they left the Hejaz region of what is now Saudi Arabia.  The Byzantine Empire and the Sassanid Empire were collapsing, due to their own mismanagement and constant struggling.  People did not have any particular allegiance to these empires, necessarily, what is the difference between calling one person "Emperor" or "Caliph" when you don't feel like you have a personal stake in that polity?  Furthermore, the original Muslim armies were quite reasonable, rational, and benevolent when they approached and conquered the new lands.  People were willing to join them than just sit on the sidelines and be apathetic in the defense of the old regime.  It's the will of the people that determines who enters and how successfully and easily they're able to enter.  That's how we got flowers in Afghanistan and nothing in Iraq but bombs and IEDs.

 

If you want to really check the Islamic State and the pretender Caliph, let them alienate themselves in the population while building a greater society in your own home territory.  If people like the leadership and feel partial ownership of the common wheel, they'll be much more rigorous in the defense than if you were simply forcing them to fight on pain of death or imprisonment.  Take back from the wealthy, give ownership to people, and see what happens when and if IS approaches our territories.  Constantly gauge the sentiments within IS controlled territories.  Get the full story about what is happening on the ground with regards to the average, everyday person.  Wait for the opportune moment for IS to alienate themselves, and separate them from the larger social body.  Eliminate the offenders according to local sentiments and sensibilities of justice.  Spare the rest and let them establish their OWN government, with their OWN leaders and their OWN sensibilities.

 

Counter-insurgency 101, the Social Approach.

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A Lack of Innovation and its Costs

The lack of innovation in green technologies and governing techniques beyond repression and cronyism for the sake of the existing monied individuals of the world will most likely be the biggest undoing of our civilizations and ways of life. It will most likely be a long, slow decline until the whole thing goes "foom" under the bike produced by despotic and ineffective government's and dirty, unsustainable methods of energy and natural resource production and consumption. We will all pay for our complacency and ineffectiveness at addressing the situation in our world as the general public. 

 

Period. 

 

End of discussion. 

 

Think about it. 

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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
I think it's safe to say that if U.S. neighborhoods were living under siege, folks like Rand Paul wouldn't take it

 

ROGER WATERS

 

The carnage in Gaza continues after the latest collapse of cease-fire talks and over four weeks of asymmetrical bombardment by Israel. With the death of more than 2,000 Palestinians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more, the complicity of the American government has been exposed to the world as never before. Yet the mantra repeated ad nauseam by the U.S. government and media alike remains the same: Israel has a right to defend itself.

 

The moral perversity of the U.S. position is stunning. How can the U.S. government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

 

The U.S. could act to stop the senseless slaughter but it won’t. Instead, it’s cheerleading.  Members of Congress are mindlessly parroting Israeli talking points without a thought given to the Palestinian perspective or to preserving human life. Brimming with righteousness, they argue for turning Israel loose – Sen. Rand Paul in particular – and invoke Israel’s right to self-defense, despite the fact that, as the occupying power, Israel has an obligation to protect the Palestinians it rules, not massacre them.

 

Read more at http://www.salon.com/2014/08/25/pink_floyds_roger_waters_why_moral_perversity_of_u_s_position_in_gaza_is_stunning/

 


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aThe world slowly turns against the Jewish State, and the world becomes a more hostile place because of the actions of the Israeli conservatives.  They value neither life, nor the sanctity of God's message.  They only want land.

 

We're cursed under the reign of the conservative powers of our world, just as the Hebrews were cursed under the reign of Pharaoh.  The world leaders, especially the conservatives among us, have chosen the calf instead of the sanctity of God and His creation(s).  We're doomed, thanks to their actions and our failure to adequately stop them from seizing power and gaining influence in our societies.  They are the people of Gog and Magog.  Clueless, senseless, careless, sick in the head consumers of bile. 

 

And we've earned it, each and every one of us.

 

Why?

 

How?

 

Because of whom we voted for and failed to vote against.  These were our faults as much as it is their (our world leaders') faults.

 

May the universe have mercy on our being.

 

Here we go.

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Communication, Knowledge and Information in the Human Ecosystem

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In the Digital Age, the age of Communication, Information and Knowledge, the possibility to capture, express, observe, visualize and understand the patterns for behaviour, emotion, opinion, expression, movement and more, potentially for hundreds of millions of people at a time, has brought the term “ethnography” in the spotlight for both academic and popular crowds.

 


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All is perspective.  We each and all have different interpretations of the reality that is around us, because we each and all have different brains and sense organs which pick up and interpret the reality that is around us.

 

Some opinions and beliefs, however, are more accurately sensing the real world than others.  Furthermore, the only appropriate way to pursue information and data about the real world is to be like an interrogator, seeking the truth, and a gold prospector, panning for the valuable and relevant information in your given area.  It's when there is open communication, honest dialogue, and a spirit of cooperation that we get the end results that are useful to us, as policy makers, and as social scientists, trying to uncover the truth about our world.  All other perspectives, attitudes, and methods, are most likely bunk and produce bunk relative to our common reality.

 

Reality is a dictatorship.  It simply is and does not care what you think feel, believe, or hope for.  You only obey it, or you die.  That's my new insight into the world.  Screw post-modernism.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 1, 2014 3:09 PM

In the 2 1/2 years that I've been curation, I haven't come across an article that I didn't quite know how to capture. It is a challenging read, but there are some interesting ideas about awareness of one’s position within a relational ecosystem.

Lis Marrow's curator insight, August 5, 2014 7:40 PM

again....thanks for helping!

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The Case for Scientific Positivism In Policy Making and the Social Sciences

The Case for Scientific Positivism In Policy Making and the Social Sciences | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

I reject post-modernism categorically.  There is an empirical reality that is out there, beyond our various perspectives, beliefs, and opinions.  To deny or leave reality open to the possibility of manipulation and meddling by parties with questionable interests is tantamount to social suicide. You will have so many different people and groups of people with so many interests, beliefs, and desires that do not meet their organic needs, as human beings clamoring for things that are unhealthy for themselves on the individual level, without ever questioning whether or not their interests and perceived wants and needs are valid or of real concern for them in the first place.  Humans in their present form bend reality to justify their wants and perceived needs in ways that distort and ruin their abilities to achieve their actual needs on the individual and collective levels.  This is precisely how we get so many policies that act against common well-being, and distorts our individual well being as a result of this off-kilter approach to making and prioritizing policy.  Post-modernism may positively describe how we actually make policy in our present state of affairs.  However, it is not a solid way of producing policy in the long term, and is likely to be the reason how we have had such all around mediocre and lackadaisical policy making.in most cases around our country and around the world in general.

 

Scientific positivism, on the other hand, is a lens within the categories of post-modernist thinking.  However, it is the lens that enables us to effectively act and work with the rest of the world in an empirically effective manner.  Without scientific positivism and its technique of interrogating the world around us to derive facts and causal relations, we would have languished in the Dark Ages and never have made the advances in science and technology that we have.  It is the only method for deriving truth through the repeated examination, testing, and oversight by several eyes.  The social reality may be significantly harder to pinpoint than the physical reality.  We may not always be perfect in our techniques, methods, or abilities to come to conclusions accurately.  We can make mistakes when we test and examine the world, making incorrect conclusions.  However, the logic and ethic of scientific positivism is, and always has been, the lens that enables us to act effectively in our world.  Post-modernism may describe the actual universe.  However, scientific positivism is the tool/lens that enables us to act in this world, helping us avoid perspectives and opinions and practices that hurt us and promoting perspectives, opinions and practices that help us.

 

Reality is a dictatorship.  If you make incorrect assumptions, beliefs, opinions or negatively effective practices, you will end up being punished by them.  If you make correct assumptions, produce beliefs that are grounded in reality, and make positively effective actions that are derived from this prior examination of fact and experimentation to produce best practices, you can potentially achieve optimal results in any given situation or condition set.  Ego takes a back seat to reality, exploration, and experimentation.  Call me arrogant if you'd like.  But this is the method that scientists use to determine best practices in the other fields.  Why shouldn't we apply the same techniques, perspectives, beliefs, and assumptions to our social world?

 

Down with Post-modernism!  Up with Scientific Positivism!

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The Taxation of Profit; A How To and Explanation of Necessity

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The recent wave of corporate tax inversions has triggered interest in what motivates these tax-driven transactions now. Corporate executives have argued that in
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Reasoned taxes do not harm the competitiveness of companies.  Rather, it is business model itself and the ways that the company implements their business model(s) which effect the competitiveness of a company.  If it were true that taxation hurts business' competitiveness, then how is it that American companies are being bought out by foreign companies or consortiums?  How is it that our capital no longer is owning businesses, but rather, is becoming subservient to different countries and different worlds?  Why is it that our capital is no longer supreme in the world, as far as ownership of the production units of wealth is concerned?  It doesn't matter how much money you actually have.  What matters is how much wealth you own, and who owns that wealth.

 

The best way, I think, to tax a business is to tax the profits that are realized on after capital investment returns.  The simplest way to do this is to tax the profits of companies on a progressive scale (allowing for ever increasing amounts to be made, nonetheless) while allowing for companies to write off capital investments that they make on their business(es) for the duration of the loan period and a few years after the loans have been paid off.  This allows profit to still be made (sometimes in whopping great amounts) while tying businesses into the Common Wheel of society and the social unit in which they are based.  After all, what good is a business that only extracts wealth from a given society and then isn't even able to hold onto that wealth in the first place?  What good is a deadbeat business to our society when there are other options available that can ensure harmonious coexistence between private interests and the public good?  Why should we have to sacrifice everything so that fewer people can get a slightly greater marginal benefit?

 

This method of taxation is actually derived directly from Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations."  Even he was not so foolish as to forget the Common Wheel of society and the general wealth, well being, and power of potential opportunity for every person in society to live full, prosperous, and comfortable lives.  All that is needed is to bind our society's consumption patterns to the environment in which we're living.  That is, technically, the one thing that Smith neglected to mention in his series of books, most likely because it was not something that had pinged on his awareness in 1775-76.

 

Businesses can either abide by the natural laws of economics, which states that wages form the principle method for economic exchange, and that taxation for public services is something that should be supported for our economic, environmental, and social well being, or they will be consumed by the society and/or the environment for their lecherous, greedy, and buffoonish beliefs that money, somehow, has some inherent value onto itself, and that that artificial value trumps our social, economic, environmental, and personal health and well being.  Whoever said that being rich was the key to happiness was full of crap, especially if you become rich through social or environmental degradation.  That's the harsh scientific fact of this universe.  Abide by it, or die.  That's all there is to it.

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The Vehicle and the Driver

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Good party organization to me, means being able to get as many people as possible onto your side while simultaneously being able to get as many of those supporters motivated to and actually at polling stations across the country.  There will always be those who will disagree with you, and these folks should have their flaws pointed out, their good points adopted as your own.  This is the key to short term political success.  Long term political success means the ability for your institution and person to survive in a myriad of different conditions and situations.  This is where effective governing comes more into play, rather than just being an adept campaigner who has no idea what to do when you get power or how to act and behave when you're in the game of governing itself.

 

Notice how I am getting my degree(s) in Public Administration, not in Campaign Management or in Philosophy or pure Political Science.  My goal is to govern better and to make the government work better for the society and, thus, make life much more easier and supportable for those in the governing profession.  That is all.  To do this well, I have to know how economies empirically work, how the activities in economies and societies tie into the environment, and how those environmental impacts effect us, how existing political systems of governance work, how systems of governance actually work in relation to general human beings and human beings across cultures.  I've got to know people and how to work with them, both within my own cultural context, and across all other cultural contexts.  I've got to be able to test, interpret, and work on drawing accurate conclusions from data about our social, environmental, economic, technological, and medical worlds.  I've got to understand some physics and about the content, nature, and function of our universe.  In short, I've got to be a well rounded statesperson of the highest degree so that I can do the most amount of good possible without doing any actual harm.  It's what I love.  It's what I've done all along.  It's what I think I've been building to all of my life, ever since I got my first whiff of governance at the age of 8.  It's a blessing and a curse.  And I've got to do it all well, or else perish physically and metaphorically in the universe as a result of my actions, choices, perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors.

 

You wonder how it is that I'm as stressed and uptight as I can be at times? 

 

There's a reason.

 

Welcome to my world.  It's awesome.

 

I'm awesome.

 

And it's great to be in communication with you all.

 

Enjoy! :)

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Rajiv Sethi: The Agent-Based Method

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It is, indeed, revolutionizing economics and our abilities to study societies. Enjoy! 

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Our Rotten Men

I think that, at the core of most of our problems, in the United States at least, is a deranged and generally messed up sense of masculinity and manhood amongst our men and a lot of subsequent poor decision making by women when it comes to choice in reproductive partner(s). Just look at the way our police act and think of themselves. Look at how careless, callous, and incompetent or mostly make political leaders are. These are men who think that manhood is a seat, a badge, or a gun, and that being a man automatically gives them rights and privileges and abilities that no one else has (even if it is fundamental to all human beings on planet Earth). Authority does not rest in a gender, nor is legitimacy to have that authority a guarantee. How do women factor into this? They select for these traits, directly or indirectly, consciously or subconsciously, thus perpetuating the mess down the generations and deep into the gene pool. They go along with the most inappropriate and anti-social of the so called "masculine" behavior, have children with those men, and then wonder how it is that their children end up being brutes or idiot scum-bags. It takes both reproducing genders to sort this whole mess out. And it will only start with the actual rejection of the brute and the devious for a more human and less chimpish outcome. 

 

It's evolution ladies and gentlemen.

 

Breed out the jackals and jackasses, or stop complaining when the police savage you rather than try to help you or the politicians con you. 

 

 

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To Operate and Maneuver a Society

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The greatest danger that a party or person or group of people in power can ever hope to face is their own selves.  Their ignorance, willful or not; their egos and grand delusions of actually having power (when they don't).  Their carelessness, callousness, mistakes, stupidity, and accidents.

 

All of these things effect and impact their abilities to govern and govern with legitimacy, authority and have control over a given society or group of societies.  It technically is always their own fault when they're removed from power for failing to do or see one thing or set of things.  They may not like these conclusions, but it's actually true.  That's the way history has gone.  That's the way history will be.

 

How do I know this?

 

Just look back at where we've been, on high levels, and on low.  Look at where we're presently headed in our own societ(ies).  Look at the erosion, the collapse, the rot and answer me this:

 

From where is the fish rotting?

 

Is it in the society?  Is it in the fish?  For sure, the fish is rotting, that much cannot be denied, I think.

 

But from where is the rot originating?

 

The society only responds to the governments' actions upon them, with them.  That then influences and effects what happens in the government and to the governing members of a given society.  That then yields either positive or negative effects for the governing people.  It is the governments' policies that shape our world; its laws, its enforcement of law, its programs.  The society just flows with it, responding to whether or not they generally like, dislike, or feel something in between or around these basic points.

 

When oh when will the members of our governing society realize that it is not in their interests to do an empirical disservice to the public's well being?  When oh when will they realize, understand, and accept that they, our political leaders, may not have all the answers to the problems and may not be interpreting information or causal relations amongst things correctly?  When can we actually have this humility, this scientific perspective and desire in our government?  When will the public respond in such a way that they get the government that will be this way for them?  When will any of us learn how to operate and maneuver a society effectively, safely, and for everyone's sake?

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Curfew in riot-hit Missouri suburb

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Missouri's governor declares a state of emergency in the St Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot dead by police last week.
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If only these poor Black American folks were rich, white, landowning men, they'd have a whole pack of Libertarians and wingnuts coming to defend them.

 

The police state rears its head up in the most obvious, blatant, and sinister way possible, probably getting some good practice in the streets too, and yet where are the mobs of relatively well to do white people to come defend them and challenge the Socio-Fascist State?

I'm not for open rebellion or violence.  I am a Statist, pure and simple.  I believe in the necessity for government and that government can, and ought to, for its own sake, work with and for the people to solve issues and problems within our American society.  I just think it shows the genuine lack of conviction of the Libertarian side and the cowardice and subtle racism that underpins their "movement" that they honestly think is going to be a panacea for all of our problems.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm no utopian-idealist.  Anyone who's read my work knows that I'm not the biggest fan of this universe and the way that it actually works in the long term.  We're always going to have problems, in our collective and individual lives.  The universe changes and we must change with it and with our knowledge of it.  That's the hardest part here, really.  But we can work to evolve, adapt, grow, and work within ourselves solutions to these problems that are as optimal as we can get them for ALL of our well being, and ALL of our quality of life, we actually may have a chance at SURVIVING in this world, let alone, the opportunity to live WELL in it.

These police in Ferguson ought to be arrested by the FBI or the State Police, or the US Army for crimes against the citizenry under their jurisdiction.  They should be pulled from the streets and their superior officers charged with gross negligence and dereliction of duty.  Journalists should be allowed to report freely and without hindrance in the entire United States, as well as at the scene of a major event in our nation's history of growing towards democracy with a little "d"; the harmonization of government, social, economic, environmental, temporal, and physical systems.  The government needs to obey the natural laws of the rest of the world, if it itself is going to survive.  Otherwise, it will be consumed by the natural and social world that is around it, along with the private elites who are benefitting the most from this current arrangement.  We can keep the high lives for these pigs, that much we can afford.  But we can't afford the destruction of our social world, and we cannot afford the destruction of our environmental and physical universe.

 

Government members.

 

What's it going to be.

 

You're on the line for someone elses' crimes, and you're complicit, if not an outright accomplish of, these private "elites".

 

What's it going to be?

 

Your stupid and unjustified sense of "authority" that you've never had, and never wanted in the first place?

 

Or are you going to get lynched with the Ignoratti as one of them?

 

Think about it.

 

Think VERY carefully about it.

 

 

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Self-organization in complex systems as decision making

The idea is advanced that self-organization in complex systems can be treated as decision making (as it is performed by humans) and, vice versa, decision making is nothing but a kind of self-organization in the decision maker nervous systems. A mathematical formulation is suggested based on the definition of probabilities of system states, whose particular cases characterize the probabilities of structures, patterns, scenarios, or prospects. In this general framework, it is shown that the mathematical structures of self-organization and of decision making are identical. This makes it clear how self-organization can be seen as an endogenous decision making process and, reciprocally, decision making occurs via an endogenous self-organization. The approach is illustrated by phase transitions in large statistical systems, crossovers in small statistical systems, evolutions and revolutions in social and biological systems, structural self-organization in dynamical systems, and by the probabilistic formulation of classical and behavioral decision theories. In all these cases, self-organization is described as the process of evaluating the probabilities of macroscopic states or prospects in the search for a state with the largest probability. The general way of deriving the probability measure for classical systems is the principle of minimal information, that is, the conditional entropy maximization under given constraints. Behavioral biases of decision makers can be characterized in the same way as analogous to quantum fluctuations in natural systems

 

Self-organization in complex systems as decision making
V.I. Yukalov, D. Sornette
arXiv:1408.1529, 2014
http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.1529


Via Complexity Digest, Bernard Ryefield
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Basically, the process of decision-making is apart of the system as a whole and not an externality. Where is the clear distinction between a user and the computer program that they choose to run? Can't it all be viewed as one thing? 

 

Amazing implications for governing and government relative to society. 

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Cloudy With a Chance of War - Issue 15: Turbulence - Nautilus

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His weather forecasts changed the world. Could his predictions of war?
Via Bernard Ryefield
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Very exciting stuff.

 

Way cool statistics and social science.

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Chiquita subject of $611m bid to rival Fyffes merger

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Two Brazilian companies make a $611m (£363m) bid for US banana group Chiquita, which had planned to merge with Irish fruit firm Fyffes.
Eli Levine's insight:

This is a definite sign that, in spite of the higher profits that private companies are realizing, that the US is losing ground economically in the world. Our wealth is being shoved out by foreigners. Control of our companies are moving overseas. Very interesting that one of the primary instigators for US imperialism could succumb to the continent that it once dominated. 

 

Think about it. 

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