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Clinton far more electable than other Democrats - Public Policy Polling

Clinton far more electable than other Democrats - Public Policy Polling | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's regular look at the 2016 Presidential...
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Really America?

 

You know, Hillary isn't really going to necessarily do anything for us, as a country.  She's just as much apart of the elite cabal as any of them, and I doubt she has the sense to pull a REAL Roosevelt. 

 

All because the group of Americans who vote actually are trained as well as dogs to bite anything that smells of Progressivism, government and the rest of the population who doesn't vote are too ignorant about American civics to be bothered with it, in spite of being the first to complain about the situation in our government and our society, economy and environment.  If they're that ignorant about how our current system is, what makes any of us willing to trust them to remake it?

 

America, you're an unenlightened country, inhabited and governed by unenlightened people.  Until you're able to get some sense about how the world works and who's interested in working for you, not over you, you will always be mired in mediocrity, never living up to your potential as a society.  That's the hard truth, if you're willing to listen to it.

 

Enjoy your Conservatism.  You'll get everything that you deserve.

 

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Allegiances wane after Ukraine killing

Allegiances wane after Ukraine killing | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Village woman's roadside execution highlights escalating tension between civilians and armed groups.
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Ukrainian soldiers....

 

Honestly, if I were the President of Ukraine, I'd find out who was involved in this shooting and imprison them all for a very long time, if not have them executed.

 

This jeopradizes EVERYTHING in Ukraine FOR Ukraine.  It's as if the Ukrainian government in Kiev has no control over their army; no disipline, no organization which means, in the eyes of most of the world, they have no legitimacy or authority to govern and remain in government.

 

Intimidating isn't the same as protecting; stirring up trouble in a hostile territory is not the way to win over allies and friends from amongst the people who would otherwise have been your enemy.  The idea is to WIN the Russians over to the Ukrainian side away from the Russians, not to pressure or lord over them.


This is an amateur mistake.  Unfortunately, it could very easily cost Ukraine the possibility of reunification and the legitimacy of the government in Kiev. 

 

Legitimacy is the only true capital that a government has.  It's what enables a government to exist, collect taxes and, if they're wise, spend the tax money effectively and efficiently on alleviating perennial and temporary problems that their people experience.  You can never have enough legitimacy as a governing faction, because it's what enables you to weather the mistakes that you're likely to make.  It pays you, as a governing faction or member more than the salary that you earn because it enables you to have that position within a society in the first place.  No position, no potential for salary or survival, just as if you have no food or ability to survive, you're not going to be able to do well.  You prioritize th derivative over the principle, you'll receive neiher the principle that you need or the derivative that you want.

 

That's how we admire leaders who suffer with or more than we do.  That's how my own ancestors, the Levites of Israel were given the privilege of governing Ancient Israel's affairs.  They were denied land and could not eat without the other tribes giving them food.  The social contract is never dissolved, even when direct control mechanisms aren't present and it is only the foolhardy or stupid who don't see it or acknowledge it.

 

That is what makes this incident in the Ukrainaian situation so toxic for Ukraine.  This is why Ukraine shouldn't be sending troops in there, other than to ensure the Presidential vote on the 25th of May, so that the Russians can be included in the governing of the whole of Ukraine.  That is the tack that should have been taken from the beginning: inclusion, welcoming, the permitting of dissent from the Russians in order to build trust and the manipulation of the Ukrainian Right into a ditch, to build a broad coalition of support in Ukraine for the new government, at the very least, to dissuade people from disregarding and ending contact with Kiev, as has happened in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.

 

I've always said that it's going to take the EU and Russia to rebuild Ukraine.  A shame that our present American government is involved in biting at the Russians and antagonizing the fight while they could be playing a very profitable dance with the Kremlin as a mediator amongst competent other actors.  Amazing that the 24 year old with "no experience" has keener chess instincts than the current governing members of the United States and Ukraine at the very least.  Sure, there's more for me to learn, always is.  But can you imagine how frustrating it is to watch this sheit-show of "grown adults" stumble over each other for the sake of things that are not important and in ways that only leave them with less than with more.

 

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Mathematical modeling of human behaviors during catastrophic events.

Mathematical modeling of human behaviors during catastrophic events. | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

In this paper, we introduce a new approach for modeling the human collective behaviors in the specific scenario of a sudden catastrophe, this catastrophe can be natural (i.e. earthquake, tsunami) or technological (nuclear event). The novelty of our work is to propose a mathematical model taking into account different concurrent behaviors in such situation and to include the processes of transition from one behavior to the other during the event. Thus, in this multidisciplinary research included mathematicians, computer scientists and geographers, we take into account the psychological reactions of the population in situations of disasters, and study their propagation mode. We propose a SIR-based model, where three types of collective reactions occur in catastrophe situations: reflex, panic and controlled behaviors. Moreover, we suppose that the interactions among these classes of population can be realized through imitation and emotional contagion processes. Some simulations will attest the relevance of the proposed model.

 

 


Via Bernard Ryefield
Eli Levine's insight:

It's all algorithmic.

 

We only have so many potential solutions for a functional psychological composition in any given situation, thus leading to only a limited number of possibilities as to what can happen with a group of people (let alone, a single person).

 

We are not so much free on this plane of existence, as we are going through our neurological algorithms, which are produced by the physics of the universe and the chemistry of our brains and sense organs.  Each cultural group is likely to have its own response to fear or trouble, especially if they haven't interminged DNA and memes with others for an extended period of time.  This can possibly get down to genetic and epi-genetic levels, which then produce the deep environmental roots in which we are raised, even in heterogenous societies where people work together at the very least and live and reproduce amongst each other at the very most.  We're not so much free on this plane of existence, as we are running a program within our own mind as part of a larger social, ecological and cosmological algorithm.  It all blends seemlessly together, like a gigantic computer.  We are bound by our own natural laws on the lowest level; the biological, the physical, and we operate within the context of a higher law that we are both shaped by and are sometimes shapers of.  We are also bound by our social laws and sensibilities, which is both the product of our individual and collective brains and the shaper of our brains.  We are operating within a program and sometimes are the operators of a program; it all depends on where we are, what capabilities we have as individual people and what capabilities we are allowed as people within the context of a given society and environmental situation.  Everything is relative to another thing in this place; not a single thing stands on its own or can stand on its own for very long.

 

Therefore, why should we bother wanting "freedom", when there really is none to be had on this plane of existence?

 

Yet try to get people to see things in this more accurate and holistic manner, and you'll get spat at and looked down on, especially in American society.

 

What freedom is there on this plane of existence?

 

Silly brains.

 

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Shock waves on complex networks : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

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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.

Via Shaolin Tan
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Indeed, this is intuitive enough without the mathematics to back it up.  This could be mapped out and used for prioritizing the defense or attack of various points within the network, either in the digital or analog worlds.

 

Way cool science!

 

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David Harvey Reviews Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century

David Harvey Reviews Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

There is much that is valuable in Piketty’s data sets. But his explanation as to why the inequalities and oligarchic tendencies arise is seriously flawed. His proposals as to the remedies for the inequalities are naïve if not utopian. And he has certainly not produced a working model for capital of the twenty-first century. For that we still need Marx or his modern-day equivalent.


Via jean lievens
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If you applied the logic of Complex Adaptive Systems Theory to economics, it would make perfect intutive sense as to how economies with high inequality remain stagnant and how high inequality happens when there is no distributive function applied an economy.  Very simply put, when people aren't able to afford to buy, invest or save, the economy isn't able to grow because of the lack of participants in the market.  Access is denied, and people are stuck using their increasingly meager earnings to buy necessities rather than the goods, services and investments that they'd ordinarily be making, not to mention also being less able to save safely to guard against economc misfortune.  That's how the economy stagnates when only a few are allowed to have so much while many are denied the ability to maximize their well being and quality of life.

 

As for how this comes to be, it's simply a case of wealth enabling one to accumulate more wealth, especially if they're disinclined to spend money on a regular basis.  The current rich reflect those who have husbanded money and essentially hoarded it, relative to what they brought in, thus enabling them to accumulate more and more of it through low-risk capital investments.  Their priority is the accumuation of financial wealth, not necessarily the enjoyment of it. There's also the social network that wealth enables, which helps to preserve the production of wealth amogst a few individuals who are able to stay well connected to one another.

 

Factor in the policy changes and chages in attitude that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher brought into government during the 1980's, and you've got the poitical conditions conducive to allowing economic inequality to thrive and real economies to stagnate.  Think of it as a change in operating system on a computer drive.  The different programs instituted and present in government enabled conditions in society to tend towards these less equal and less growth conducive states that we're all presently in.

 

Therefore, taxation possibly isn't the answer, but an increase in wages across the board to reflect the real profit value of labor in the market.  These concepts were known at the time of Adam Smith and advocated for by Adam Smith, as opposed to the traditional "laissez-faire" attitude that has been ascribed to him after a serious misinterpretation of his work, "The Wealth of Nations".  It's important to remember that Mr. Smith viewed profit as something that should not be had in "immoderate amounts" and that it is secondary to the well being and rent value of the economy (which is where David Ricardo steps in to advocate for a minimum wage based on rent/profit value of the work that is produced in the economy.  Marx foresaw the inherent flaws in the Capitalist system and predicted its downfall very accurately (although some 150-200 years early) and none of them foresaw or thought of the environmental impacts of our economic activity that is more vital to our survival and well being than any amount of economic growth, real or unreal.

 

It's time we really get away from the Neoclassicists and especially the Neoliberals who don't view the economy as the complex system that it is.  There is no lasting equilibrium in the economy, and everything doesn't balance out into neat, rational little equations.  It's a large messy system that we're only starting to get insight into, and it's time we take that into consideration along with its interconnectiveness to our governments, our societies, our environments and our universes and social relations.  Failure to do this will result in continued poor policy from both the Left and the Right and people will just get frustrated with the politcal powers that be, regardless of ideology, and just swing helplessly back and forth from mediocrity to mediocrity, until the string snaps and they go into another level of mediocrity.

 

It's sad.  It's predictable.  It's the story of us.  And I see no reason to believe that the present is going to be really any different than it has for the past several thousand years.

 

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The Democratic Party's Future Is Awash in Dark Money | VICE United States

The Democratic Party's Future Is Awash in Dark Money | VICE United States | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Amid talk of a left-wing revival inspired by populists like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and US Senator Elizabeth Warren, corporate titans from finance to natural gas to big retail to telecom are trying t…
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Oh, Democrats.

 

You can't have your money and your seats at the same time.

 

One has to be sacrificed in order to save the United States from imploding.

 

The other will only hasten the economic, environmental, social and, more to the point, political implosion of the US.

 

Twits....

 

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Hanseatic League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hanseatic League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Hanseatic League (also known as the Hanse or Hansa ; Low German: , Latin: or Liga Hanseatica ) was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe.

Eli Levine's insight:

I'm posting about the Hanseatic League (an obscure topic for most Americans, I'm sure), because it is one of these interesting little social, political and economic dynamics that sprung up out of a necessity for order, peace and stability needed for the exchange of goods, services and capital, rose to prominence over the course of several centuries, and then dissipated due to external and internal conditions, ultimately stemming from a lack of adaptability, respect for common order and the rise of external powers (ie, changes in the social environment around them that made it not conducive for them to be around as they were).

 

Geography, both physical and social, played a key role in developing the origins of the Hansa's trade ports, routes and members.  That's probably how VIsby on Gotland (an island in the Baltic Sea, now part of Sweden) started as the league's center.  Lubeck and Hamburg formed a cooperative alliance, due to the rise of the merchant class on the heals of the German imperial aristocracy, and the rest is history.  These natural conditions on the ground then gave rise to a common economic interest, which then lead to a banding together for common defense in light of the falling Holy Roman Empire.  From there, you watch as other cities join in, and the League grows due to the economic benefits that are being realized by the merchants and also by the decline of the agricultural aristocracy under the city merchants.  The League wins a few battles, defeats the challengers, and continues to grow in influence, fighting off the governments of nobles to secure economic wealth for themselves.  However, due to what appears to be a lack of awareness of any checks on the League's leaders' power, probably led to the infighting, which then did not help with the new discoveries and advancements that were being made outside of the Hansa's jurisdiction.  National governments toppled aristocratic, and visages of popular democracy and nationalism overruled the less than effectual city-state oligarchies.  Continued reliance on old traditions, coupled with enhanced political and economic competition from outside, ended the League after a long period of time, until it was first neutered, and then put to sleep after a long period of impotency.

 

The point of this very simple walkthrough is to demonstrate how things work in our larger social world over extended periods of time. 

 

It also shows that we can predict how the lower level units are going to self-organize, based on common geographic, cultural, linguistic, social, historical, economic and political interests, should any of the present higher level social organizations (ie, the present nation-states or the super-state organizations) should collapse due to one thing or another happening in our social, economic, or environmental worlds.  This is useful for making plans for the future as it gives us some degree of understanding as to how things could play out should an x-event happen that topples the entire global order that is eroding slowly as we speak, as of May, 2014 CE. 

 

Finally, it hopefully should shine a light on the possibility of outside encounters from other planets and aspects of our universe outside of our own planet.  We cannot afford to continue thinking in terms of there only being us in the universe, especially when we already know how large it is and how probable it is that there is other intelligent life, capable of making advanced tools and gaining advanced insights into the universes' order that might make our latest works into mere ancient child's play by comparison.  If we are truly going to mitigate against all hazards, we should have a kind of Prime Directive ready to use for if we're weaker, equal or stronger than the other, such that we don't get hurt in the encounter in the myriad of ways that we can get hurt, and so that the other does not get hurt out of concern for that one day, negatively effecting us.  We live in a potentially large neighborhood of other worlds that are inhabitable by sentient life beyond our present abilities to imagine.  We already are starting to find that animals on our own planet are also more intelligent and aware of how things work than we've previously thought.  What's there to stop similar phenomenon from happening in relation to other worlds and planets?

 

Think about it.

 

Because these historical cases should be studied more in depth, using background in Complex Adaptive Systems theory.  They should shine light on how things actually work in our social, economic, political and environmental worlds and reveal to us the physics that are behind it all, such that we can program computers to give us read outs of likely and unlikely situations that might occur given our actions at present.  We can take charge of our own destiny now, as a species, through preparing and mitigating for all hazards that actually could be out there while factoring the unknown and unknowable variables and values that are at stake.  There is only so much that is new or novel in this place, and so much repetition of the same conditions and the same events over and over and over again.

 

Perhaps there is a pattern here that we should be observing, and through observation, we change the pattern?

 

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IBM discovers new class of ultra-tough, self-healing, recyclable plastics that could redefine almost every industry | ExtremeTech

IBM discovers new class of ultra-tough, self-healing, recyclable plastics that could redefine almost every industry | ExtremeTech | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Stop the press! IBM Research announced this morning that it has discovered a whole new class of... plastics. This might not sound quite as sexy as, say, MIT discovering a whole new state of matter -- but wait until you hear what these new plastics can do. This new class of plastics -- or more accurately, polymers -- are stronger than bone, have the ability to self-heal, are light-weight, and are 100% recyclable. The number of potential uses, spanning industries as disparate as aerospace and semiconductors, is dizzying. A new class of polymers hasn't been discovered in over 20 years -- and, in a rather novel twist, they weren't discovered by chemists: they were discovered by IBM's supercomputers.
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And thus, a computer takes over the design role of engineers and chemists, to produce something that neither of them would have thought feasible.

 

And then we will make lethal military and policing machines out of this self healing, solvent resistant and stronger than bone material because, you know, we're "smart" like that.

 

Show me that we can think in terms of long term consequences and possibilities, and I will ease up off of this species.

 

Until that time, ya'll can just get used to being called silly by me.

 

Enjoy.

 

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Do We Need Asimov's Laws?

In recent years, roboticists have made rapid advances in the technologies that are bringing closer the kind of advanced robots that Asimov envisaged. Increasingly, robots and humans are working together on factory floors, driving cars, flying aircraft and even helping around the home.
And that raises an interesting question: do we need a set of Asimov-like laws to govern the behaviour of robots as they become more advanced?

 

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/527336/do-we-need-asimovs-laws/


Via Complexity Digest
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Well, I will say this: robots only are capable of doing what they're programmed or commanded to do.

 

It's not like these laws are actually followed by designers.  Were that the case, there would be no such thing as Predator drones (which are technically a violation of all laws of robotics).  We can destroy ourselves with machines, quite easily.  We can make overly effective instruments of destruction and eliminate the need for our presence in the world through automation.  However, we can also benefit from machines, especially in the worlds of policy making and implants, to make us more intelligent and accurate/effective processors of reality.  I would keep the consequences of ones' actions in mind when designing machines.  However, especially in our current state, there's no guarantee of that happening.

 

So, we've got a Russian roulette thing going on now, until we become more knowledgeable and aware of what works and how things work.  We can kill or hurt ourselves severely with the development of technology, as much as we can help and heal ourselves.

 

Let the experiments begin?  No choice, already begun.

 

Onward to the edge.

 

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, May 17, 1:25 AM

Sign me up for the extra memory chip, current one seems to be struggling to keep up!

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Robobees: Harvard Project Funds The Engineering Of Robotic Bees Soon To Be In Flight

Robobees: Harvard Project Funds The Engineering Of Robotic Bees Soon To Be In Flight | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

With the alarming decline in the honey bee population sweeping our globe, fear of the multi-billion dollar crop industry collapsing has been on many people’s minds. To tackle this issue, Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been working with staff from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Northeastern University’s Department of Biology to develop robot bees. And according to a new video just released, these insectoid automatons have already taken flight.


The collaborators envision that the Nature-inspired research could lead to a greater understanding of how to artificially mimic the collective behavior and “intelligence” of a bee colony; foster novel methods for designing and building an electronic surrogate nervous system able to deftly sense and adapt to changing environments; and advance work on the construction of small-scale flying mechanical devices.

 

More broadly, the scientists anticipate the devices will open up a wide range of discoveries and practical innovations, advancing fields ranging from entomology and developmental biology to amorphous computing and electrical engineering.



Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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If we're able to figure out how to artificially mimic bee colonies, imagine what we could do with our human societies to improve effectiveness, efficiency and to clear away our delusions and non-self preservationist behavior (in terms of the larger social self that we're all apart of).

 

Imagine a world where we have coordination and cooperation, rather than competition and violence.  Imagine a world where we work to solve common problems that exist on the various scales of human society, from local to global. 

 

Imagine if we're able to eliminate the petty, chimpish aspects of our brains and psychology, to live happier, healthier lives as a more survivable and adaptable species.

 

Just think of the possibilities that we could then do, to advance both the universe and ourselves safely (because, if we're able to perceive dangers accurately, why should we advance in such dangerous fashions?)

 

I may not be down for the first generation of implants.  But I would be down for the fourth, fifth or sixth generation.

 

That's just me.

 

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Young people 'nothing to live for'

Young people 'nothing to live for' | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
As many as three quarters of a million young people in the UK may feel that they have nothing to live for, a study for the Prince's Trust charity claims.
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Yep.

 

Whoever called the unemployed life a "hammock" has never had to live in the "hammock" before.

 

It's not fun being disengaged with society.  It's not fun feeling like you're just mooching off of society to the tune of no money.  It's no fun having plans diverted, hopes dashed and dreams deferred.

 

Yet this is the model of growth that conservatives support.  It's nothing but deferential treatment for a handful of already rich and powerful people who can afford to have whatever life they choose while leaving everyone else behind to fight over the scraps.  It's antithetical to liberty, and a grave moral violation of human principles that is far worse than the surface stuff that conservatives complain so loudly about.

 

Yet we still listen to them, when this is what they consistently and constantly have produced?

 

Think about it.

 

Because we, the people, help produce the effects that we actually realize.  And it's insanely sad that we line up for this abuse at all, rather than seek alternatives when the progressives fail at what they should be doing.  Policy is nothing more than a technical field.  There are real consequences to real actions.  Why not marry the two into one?

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Why climb the greasy pole?

"MOST academics would view a post at an elite university like Oxford or Harvard as the crowning achievement of a career—bringing both accolades and access to better wine cellars. But scholars covet such places for reasons beyond glory and gastronomy. They believe perching on one of the topmost branches of the academic tree will also improve the quality of their work, by bringing them together with other geniuses with whom they can collaborate and who may help spark new ideas. This sounds plausible. Unfortunately, as Albert-Laszlo Barabasi of Northeastern University, in Boston (and also, it must be said, of Harvard), shows in a study published in Scientific Reports, it is not true."

 


Via Niklaus Grunwald
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Yep.

 

The "elites" are only elite because our society has named them as such.  if anything, it can be detrimental to reach an "elite" institution, because it may send you into a field of ego rather than substance.

 

As for myself, I just intend to do good work for other people and see where that takes me in life.  In all honesty, I'm not much of a people pleaser and am not highly motivated by the minor awards that people break themselves over to get (ie, the corner office or the preferred parking space, etc). 

 

Who knows how I'll work with the world of "professionals" when and if I get there.

 

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Oil 'knee-deep' after LA pipe spill

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Crude oil is knee-deep in a district of Los Angeles after 50,000 gallons spilled from a broken pipe, the fire department says.
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Hooray for deregulation and the pursuit of the cheapest costs!

Yay market Capitalism, and all of its wonders!

 

What good is survival, health and well being, when you could be rich instead?

 

Wouldn't money be the thing that makes everything better?

 

Seriously, enjoy your planet and ideology.

 

I wish I could be done here.

 

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Just Why Did Some Marketplaces Fail?

Just Why Did Some Marketplaces Fail? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
BY BRIAN M. KALISHMAY 20, 2014

Poor governance and a reliance on contractors who were good at procurement but not as strong in technology were two of the many factors that contributed to the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov and the ongoing issues in many states.

 

Read more at

http://eba.benefitnews.com/health-insurance-exchange/news/just-why-did-some-marketplaces-fail-2741675-1.html

 


Via Coffee Party USA
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I've always thought that the relationship between contractors and government is a shaky one.  Contractors are not motivated to do the best job that is possible, but to make the most amount of money by charging the most for the least amount of give.  When a government fails to be proactive in advocating for the citizenry, or it gets attached to the private sector's dealings out of ideological reasons, it tends to lead to less than optimal results for the sake of the general public when push comes to shove (as evidenced by the rollout of Obamacare on the Federal and State levels).

 

Perhaps it is better to let the government just do what it needs to do?  That way accountability can be had directly and heads can role into the unemployment line should things go poorly and the public may receive a better value for their money, even if it is marginally more than it would be with the contractors.

 

Just some thoughts.

 

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, May 20, 11:52 AM

A speculative question that I haven't heard asked or debated yet is, "How might these projects have gone if NO outside contractors were used and ONLY government workers were assigned and managed to implement these systems?"

Now before you lambaste government employees as somehow inferior or incapable of large technology projects, I have one word for you.

NASA


Signed,

Greg R.

Coffee Party News curator

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▶ The Energy Internet Explained, with Jeremy Rifkin - YouTube

Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Internet of Things. Rifkin's latest book is The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (http://goo.gl/4estV2).


Via jean lievens
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This too will pass, someday maybe.

 

Maybe it will linger with us until we go extinct as a species and no longer are able to live in the world.

 

If this continues on, it will mean the end of the fossil fuel giants, their unholy hold on our systems of governance and the pollution that they cause to our social and ecological environment.

 

This is why/how states such as Oklahoma, who are now completely under the sway of these companies explicitly through the Republican Party (rather than implicitly under the current Democratic Party) are raising taxes on the implementation of small scale electricity production.  The conservative mindset seeks only to control and command from the top down, while the true progressive mindset wants the world to do well, however that may be in each given society and social/environmental condition.  They seek conformity and adherence to their written rules while progressives seek natural law and adherence to the laws of cause and effect.

 

Unfortunately, we will not be rid of the conservatives, just because they're falling out of political favor within the context of their own societies and their own political factions.  These actual demons who live amongst us will not be gone until we cease to reproduce their brain types and start treating it as a mental illness than as a genuinely healthy condition.  It is time that we start defining mental illness as that which actually causes harm to the society and to the individual through harming the society and the environment rather than as that which can irritate some people in places of social authority.

 

It is time that we all take our country, our society and our world back from those who would harm it for a little or a lot of small self "gain", the truly mentally ill people of the world.

 

Think about it.

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Complex Adaptive Systems in Society and Beyond Our World

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Complex Adaptive Systems have some distinct parts.  It has inputs, which have their own distinct individual and collective characteristics, the environment and its conditions, and natural laws and parameters which are always subtly enforced within the environment.

 

Individuals interact with one another and the environment within the context of the natural laws that exist and define the system to produce the complex behavior that defines complex adaptive systems.  The dynamics then shape and reshape the individuals, the environment and the world as a whole within the context of the preset system parameters and laws.

 

It should be noted that while some of the natural laws are universal, and are likely to encompass all universes, there are some laws which are only applicable within a given context of the universe (a kind of sub-section of the natural law of the universe).  These lower level laws must be in accordance with the higher level laws and are only derivatives of the natural laws.  An example of these lower level laws are the deep social laws and sensibilities of a given culture and/or society.  These are products of the collective and individual preferences of a given social group, which changes over time and is more or less specific to a given culture and society, yet is nothing more than a product of the brain chemistry and the laws of neuro-psychology, biology, chemistry and physics.  There are then genetic and memetic components to culture and society.  The only thing that is relevant to nature is how adaptive these societies and cultures are to changes within nature and within themselves and peoples from different cultures come and go, and as sensibilities, knowledge and perceptions change; how well they're able to remain a coherent unit in spite of internal and externally caused tumult and chaos.

 

In the end, we are all subject to natural law first, which is above and beyond the written laws that we have invented within our societies to produce a kind of order within these societies to discourage anti-social behavior and promote pro-social behavior. It is better to make the written laws work in accordance with the natural laws as to how things actually work in the context of social, economic and ecological physics; the laws that govern the dynamics within our individual and collective societies, economies and environments without our written laws.  Sometimes our written laws cause us to run afoul of the natural laws, thus disabling our abilities to be well, survive and live happy and fulfilled lives.  The biggest shame in our present government, is that we have so many people who are cognizant of our written laws (lawyers) working in making and designing policy, but not enough people who are cognizant of the natural laws of a given society, such that they can write laws that actually work as they should and provide the most amount of good and the least amount of harm to the whole human social system.

 

We live in tribes (nations, ethnicities, cultures, families, neighborhoods, religions, etc).  That seems to be a universal law of humanity, in spite of our actual similarities.  This is not a permanent feature of our species, and I honestly hope we move to a more pro-social attitude with regard to other people we identify as "other" or "enemy".  But, that is a long time off, and we're not likely to evolve out of those anti-social conservative tendencies anytime soon.  From this perpsective, you can predict the dynamics of various cultures and societies based on defined interests, actual needs, cultural/character content and proximity (in physical and non-physical terms).  There are a multiplicity of ways of thinking and feeling within and amongst populations.  What works with one group will not work in another group.  Some groups merge more naturally with each other and in general than others.  This is how you predict and show social physics in practice, as it happens in the world around us.  It is only a derivative of the laws of physics which govern our whole universe and the consequences of those laws interacting with the mass and energy that is and was formed and put into the initial universe in which we are living.

 

Everything in the universe roots back to the very beginning, somehow.  There are no points where the legacy of the beginning of the universe is lost, except in those areas which defy the laws of the universe.  Those aspects which violate the laws of nature either never existed or no longer exist.  Those are the perpetual stakes that we're playing with when we live in this universe; that some change could happen that we can't or won't adapt to and we cease to be as a species.

 

But the physics remains.  The natural laws remain, in spite of our absence.  The universe itself can still remain without us.  Life can begin again on other planets, if it has not already done so/is doing so as I write these words in May of 2014 HCE (Human Common Era).  And, thus, all is preserved, except that which puts itself in violation of the natural laws of the universe, the natural laws of our universal species and the natural laws of our specific social universes.

 

Think about it.

 

Because this is your home.  This is where you live eternally, in the grand scheme of things, whether you're in your tribe our out of it.

 

This is, possibly, how the universe actually works.

 

You can either accept it and go along with it.

 

Or, you can defy or try to defy natural law, and be eliminated either in the context of the universe, or in the context of your individual society and species.

 

Please, enjoy!

 

Think about it.

 

Enjoy.

 

Think about it.

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It occurred to me this morning that this could be the case.  The rest grew out of the original thought that I had on the way to work.

 

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Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest

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Physicists have discovered how to create matter from light -- a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorized 80 years ago. In just one day over several cups of coffee in a tiny office, three physicists worked out a relatively simple way to physically prove a theory first devised by scientists Breit and Wheeler in 1934. Breit and Wheeler suggested that it should be possible to turn light into matter by smashing together only two particles of light (photons), to create an electron and a positron -- the simplest method of turning light into matter ever predicted. The calculation was found to be theoretically sound, but Breit and Wheeler said that they never expected anybody to physically demonstrate their prediction.
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Ok, so they haven't actually done the experiment yet.

 

However, this could be a significant ending of one phase of our knowledge and understanding about our universe and the beginning of another; when the material universe learns how to make itself from energy from the conscious level.

 

Let's see where this experiment goes.

 

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Alina Polyakova | The Coming Rise of the Ukrainian Far-Right | Foreign Affairs | Foreign Affairs

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There has always been a kernel of truth in the accusations that pro-Russian partisans have raised about the revolution that deposed former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych earlier this year.
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Yep.

 

If I were in charge of Ukraine, I'd have been maneuvering to crush the ultra-nationalists from the beginning, with a coalition of Russian and Ukrainian moderates to back me up.

Sadly, the current leadership seems likely to be caught flatfooted, with neither his liberal-democratic allies nor the fascists nor the Russians to back him up.  He alienated the Russians by not striking a unity government and a unity tone with them and now, he's being criticized by the liberal democrats for being too corrupt.

And what has the US and EU done to advise him about these situations?  Apparently, not much.

 

And you wonder how it is that Vladimir Putin's "propaganda" actually worked while Ukraine's narrative is being dismissed.  Could it be that the kernel of truth is more powerful than no truth at all?

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Swiss reject highest minimum wage

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Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to introduce what would be the highest minimum wage in the world in a referendum, near complete results indicate.
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Well, I would say to this that perhaps it would be better for the cities who have the highest costs of living introduce a high minimum wage? 

 

At least engage in some sort of profit sharing scheme, such that workers are being paid what they're actually worth in the market.

 

I agree that there should be a baseline for what workers are paid that fluctuates with the wealth that is produced in the economy.  However, I also see where a minimum wage can destroy local businesses who do not produce the kind of revenue that large companies make.  I also agree that profit should be something that can increase, but not without having a certain proportion of that wealth kicked back down to the workers who produced it.

 

Complex economics requires complex policy to make it work effectively, such that we're all benefiting.  Simply having a high minimum wage won't necessarily help the smaller companies and it doesn't take into account how productive the workers actually are at their respective companies.  Policy making requires nuance and factoring in everyone and everything into the equation.  I'm personally not happy that the otherwise sensible Left can be so silly when it comes to making policy decisions without having empirical evidence to back it up.

 

The world needs a Left wing bias, because the empirical function of the economy has a progressive bias.  Trouble is, the current representatives of the Left don't seem to understand the nuances and complexity that has to go into making policy.

 

And that, my friends, is why I would support the introduction of computers and brain implants to make policy decisions over human beings.  They can process or enable us to process more information in faster amounts of time to give us more nuanced plans that actually will more than likely work better than what we've been able to come up with with our analog brains.

 

Down with politicos.  Up with the tech!

 

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The Nature of Us and Our Societies (I Think...)

We are just organic automatons, programmed to seek out happiness, sex, food, water, shelter and air.  The universe functions very much like a computer, of which we are only apart of the algorithm that's constantly working towards self-preservation, survival and well being (just as we are).  There are, technically, a few optimal ways to go about achieving well being, happiness and peace of mind in this universe, much like how there are only a few ways to achieve well being, happiness and peace of ecosystem in the world that is around us.

 

The universe functions on the basis of algorithms which each have benefits, drawbacks and only a few optimal ones to fit with each situation and scenario that we could be faced with.  We fail to follow the algorithms for survival and well being in each situation, scenario and set of conditions that we're in, we'll die or not be very well as an individual member of a collective species or as a collective species as a whole.  We can only do what we're able to do in the technical sense, and we have a very limited knowledge of what those limitations and potentials actually are.

 

We can develop the technology to improve our abilities to act algorithmically in this universe in our given societies and in response and recovery efforts to disaster and general conditions.  The universe could very well be just a computer program running in order to gauge what works, what doesn't work in the grand scheme of things.  The parameters, I think, have been set since the start of this particular universe.  It very well could be that there are more universes that interact with this one.  But the fact of the matter is, is that without the base parameters of mathematics and the laws of physics, there would have been no universe as it appears in this present form.

 

In fact, human societies are very much similar to this multiverse theory of the universe, in that the base elements of these societies are all, essentially, the same, except for a few potential differences in brain software, brought on by a mixture of genetics, epi-genetics, experience and environment (social, cultural and ecological) that leads to the production of unique cultures and social laws and perspectives that differ from one another.  They're all essentially the same, at the root of it, but the tiny changes and differences amongst them bring on some of the tremendous differences in culture, perspective, attitude, action, organization and outlook on the world that is around them.  It should be pointed out that many of these things are actually also, the same as well across cultures.  But the social physics is different in each society, even though each of the ones that has been produced and lasted throughout the ages are each and all fit for our present environment and our present knowledge and understanding about ourselves and the world that is us and around us.

 

Can all of this change?  Yes, in short, it can.  Technology changes, as does our knowledge and outlook upon ourselves.  The emperors of China were overthrown when Western notions of societies were introduced into Chinese culture and civilization.  Did it change the essential nature of Chinese culture?  Arguably, no (hence the modern differences in Chinese organization, culture, attitude, outlook and perspective).  But economic conditions and social conditions, combined with new perspectives brought on a tremendous social revolution in China, even though it has (for the most part) reverted back to the highly centralized and autocratic formation that existed under the emperors.

 

Again, social physics is one of those things where there are some base rules within humanity and, quite possibly, amongst all life in the universe(s).  But the rules are open to changes and differences at certain levels and in certain ways.  This is how differences arise amongst societies and cultures and within societies and cultures, starting from the micro-levels of environment, experience, and body-content composition of the initial members of that given society (especially inclusive of the brain itself).

 

We are just a manifestation of the base laws and content of the universe.  We are star stuff, brought on by the laws of physics interacting with the material and energetic contents of this universe.  It makes sense that the laws of societies are similar to those of the universe, simply because we are the universe as well (at least, our own little chunk of it).  Remember, the totality of the universe is likely to be larger than our own self and our own species.  It is important to bear that in mind, if we pursue other planets and avenues of exploration, such that we do no end up reproducing the European/Native American dynamic again.

 

So, just as we change the outcomes when we observe things in quantum mechanics, so too can we change things through observation of our social world and how it actually works.  We don't have to live in squalor with a monkey-ish elite on top of us in the form of either a private or public elite, and those who end up making the big decisions for our societies need not fear or be greedy with their power and influence in order to stay in those positions.  It is a different outlook on leadership, authority and elites for our world.  And it's probably how a lot of changes in outlook and action are going to start taking place within our society at the very least, and amongst all societies in our whole universe at the very most.

 

Think about it.

 

 

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It's just a hypothesis.  Please take it with a grain of salt.

 

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The intimacy of crowds: crowds aren’t really crazed – they are made of highly co-operative individuals driven to shared interests and goals

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Crowds aren’t really crazed – they are made of highly co-operative individuals driven to shared interests and goals


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Interesting.

 

We're still only a sub-rational species, in my view of it.  Yet perhaps our emotional side can be more together than I had previously thought.

 

The non-confrontational policing tactics makes perfect sense, for example, since people get angry when police get angry.  I'm shocked that places like NYPD has not taken these laws to heart, or that we haven't decided at top levels to effectively integrate minorities into American society rather than reject them.

 

The story of human rationality seems to be more complicated than I had thought.  Yet we are still far from perfect for the sake of being able to survive and operate effectively in the long term of evolution, as evidenced by our inability to even accept and work with the fact that the climate is changing against our favor and that we need to slow it down and prepare to adapt to it (as one example).

 

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Hamburger-making machine churns out custom burgers at industrial speeds

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Momentum Machines is developing a hamburger-making machine that churns out made-to-order burgers at industrial speeds.
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There goes a lot of the jobs that were made in the recovery efforts, following the 2007-08 Financial Crash. Even top level investment and public sector jobs are likely to be taken over by machines in the coming decades and centuries, if nothing deviates from the present course that we're on (bearing in mind, that the slightest changes in deviation in the present second will likely lead to monumental changes in the future. McDonalds is already putting in kiosks to cashier at some of their restaurants in Europe. Don't know how the economy will react to that loss of jobs and income, however little it may be for the individuals earning it. My guess would be that profits will rise, while economic growth and well being stagnates and declines for the sake of a few people's profits. But anyway, the universe is essentially an algorithmic thing that runs on math. The best possible solutions in any category will likely be the same throughout this universe, especially when we think of things in terms of higher level social functions within our species. Welcome to the future of us, unless anything happens to change in the present along the way. Think about it.
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Network of Mayors and local elected officials provide policy recommendations for White House climate efforts

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The report calls for modernizing federal emergency management and infrastructure programs to help communities better prepare for extreme weather and other

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Indeed, it would be more effective if these local communities spent time modernizing their own resiliency and response networks, rather than just relying on the Federal government to do everything.  The Feds, for their part, could help coordinate and oversee the locals' efforts.  However, true resiliency is when the little pieces are able to support themselves in their overlapping network clusters, rather than have a top-down command and control system that's inflexible and not aware of local conditions and needs.

 

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India opposition heads for landslide

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The opposition BJP's predicted landslide win in the Indian election is a "people's victory" that will "start a new era" the party's president says.
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And thus it happens.

 

You neglect the people in favor of corporations and elite interests, you eventually get thrown out.  Doesn't always matter what the other people are offering.  All that seems to matter to the public is that they're well known and different from your own side.

 

If I were Congress, I'd so some serious soul searching.  It was the party that nationalized the banks of India, and yet, it's become this money grubbing entity that favors the rich over its many millions of poor people.  A rising tide clearly does not raise all boats when there is no connection made between the growth that is realized and the compensation that workers receive.  That's just a law of economics that bleeds into the people's perception and willing to work with the present government.

 

Fortunately, the BJP might not govern effectively either on the national scale.  That would be Congress's opportunity to come into power.  But bear in mind, that there are other alternatives to these two parties in India and, indeed, in any society that has an apparent knack for democracy at its rawest form.  A billion people is a hard thing to counter, regardless of how many troops you may have.

 

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A Fool to Do Your Dirty Work?

Anytime complexity increases through evolution, one must ask how selection at the lower level of organization (i.e., the individual cell) doesn't disrupt the integration at higher levels of organization (i.e., a multicellular organism) by favoring selfishness. There are some general evolutionary hypotheses that have been offered to explain why and how multicellularity and the division of labor between somatic and germline cells evolved, as well as the conditions under which these developments would be expected. Clearly, organisms with differentiated cells can experience many fitness advantages, such as the ability to grow larger and exploit novel resources. And along with these advantages come costs, such as the energy and materials that must be allocated towards growth and maintenance, rather than reproduction. However, there are more subtle, but no less important, constraints on an organism's ability to acquire resources, grow, metabolize, and reproduce that might also influence the evolution of cellular differentiation. (...)

 

Chase JM (2014) A Fool to Do Your Dirty Work? PLoS Biol 12(5): e1001859. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001859


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As an organism gets more complex, it seems that the cells become more simple, in and of themselves, and more interconnected to form the vibrant pattern of cells that form a multi-cellular organism.

 

Kind of like how, in a society where the division of labor took root, to eventually form the assembly line concept.  As society became more complex and diversified, it stands to reason that some larger, all guiding logic needs to pervade the social order, such that behavior is corrected according to thes social standards that are set within the given society (enter religion and/or government) to maintain the integrity of the overall whole that is the social organism.

 

Now, perhaps, it is time that all of these social superstructures: religion, government and business leaders, submit to the larger nature that is our natural world, such that we're actually living in harmony with the constantly evolving and dynamic nature, rather than next to or "over" it.  Survival is the name of the game and adaptability with an accurate sensor of reality is how you win it (bearing in mind, that we've all lost against the race against time and will only leave memory imprints behind when we're gone).  No sense in trying to achieve that which canont be achieved without killiing yourself and your population.

 

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