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Softwalks Transforms Streetside Scaffolding Into Urban Parklets

Softwalks Transforms Streetside Scaffolding Into Urban Parklets | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
This is part of a series highlighting notable entries in our 2012 Innovation By Design Awards.--Ed.Slowing down, much less stopping, will likely get you trampled on the ever-bustling streets of New York, but Bland Hoke and Howard Chambers envision...
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Urban Farm Expo Shows Future of Birds, Bees in 'Burgh - Patch.com

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Urban Farm Expo Shows Future of Birds, Bees in 'BurghPatch.comThe initiative combines the traditional rehab for resale model with a demolition strategy to create “micro farms,” which include a one-quarter to two acres of cleared property...

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Zero1 [e]merges | San Jose Metblogs

Zero1 [e]merges | San Jose Metblogs | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley's premier art event, the Zero1 biennial, kicked off last night with a street festival dubbed merge.
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PLOS ONE: Evolving Righteousness in a Corrupt World : Crime and Punishment, or Walden Two Redux?

PLOS ONE: Evolving Righteousness in a Corrupt World : Crime and Punishment, or Walden Two Redux? | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it

Abstract

 

Punishment offers a powerful mechanism for the maintenance of cooperation in human and animal societies, but the maintenance of costly punishment itself remains problematic. Game theory has shown that corruption, where punishers can defect without being punished themselves, may sustain cooperation. However, in many human societies and some insect ones, high levels of cooperation coexist with low levels of corruption, and such societies show greater wellbeing than societies with high corruption. Here we show that small payments from cooperators to punishers can destabilize corrupt societies and lead to the spread of punishment without corruption (righteousness). Righteousness can prevail even in the face of persistent power inequalities. The resultant righteous societies are highly stable and have higher wellbeing than corrupt ones. This result may help to explain the persistence of costly punishing behavior, and indicates that corruption is a sub-optimal tool for maintaining cooperation in human societies.

 

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Study examines thoughts and feelings that foster collaboration across cultures

Study examines thoughts and feelings that foster collaboration across cultures | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
The musician Paul Simon came to fame collaborating with his childhood friend Art Garfunkel, yet launched another chapter with his Graceland album, collaborating with musicians from Soweto.
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Human waste feeds rest stop greenhouse

Human waste feeds rest stop greenhouse | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
A new Vermont highway rest stop has blue water in the toilets as part of a 'green' system that uses tropical plants to cleanse and recycle sewage water.

 

The state spent $6.3 million on the facility on Interstate 89, 10 miles northwest of White River Junction, which also has a greenhouse containing mainly Asian plants that do the purification and recycling. The site is also home to the country's first Vietnam veterans memorial, erected in 1982, the New York Times reported. In the so-called living machine, the contents of a flushed toilet are pumped into a filtration system to rid them of odor and then into six concrete cylinders holding vegetation that eat the waste, converting it into plant food. After the water is cleaned for reuse, it is pumped back into the toilets to resume the cycle. Signs hanging over toilets warn users that the water, dyed blue for good measure, is undrinkable wastewater.

 

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Nation’s First Hemp House Makes A Healthy Statement

Nation’s First Hemp House Makes A Healthy Statement | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
Push Design was able to build a great home made from hemp walls that is sizable but incredibly light on the environment, energy usage, and total cost.

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Researchers examine older adults' willingness to accept help from robots

Researchers examine older adults' willingness to accept help from robots | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
Most older adults prefer to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes as they age, and robotic technology can help make this a reality.
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The World According to Monsanto (FULL LENGTH) {one of the best docs ever}

There's nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed ...

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Review - Learning, Teaching and Education Research in the 21st Century - General Topics

Review - Learning, Teaching and Education Research in the 21st Century - General Topics | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
Joanna Swann urges for a reform to not only the practice of all teachers but those who create legislation for a country's education system in her works entitled 'Learning, Teaching and Education

Research in the 21st Century'.

 

Joanna Swann urges for a reform to not only the practice of all teachers but those who create legislation for a country's education system in her works entitled 'Learning, Teaching and Education Research in the 21st Century'. Her works indicate 'An Evolutionary Analysis of the Role of Teachers' in her subtitle, and she offers this account by an in depth review of Karl Poppers evolutionary epistemology.  This philosophical account of learning provides the foundation of her own research stemming from her initiation into educational academia in the 1970's to present day and has fostered questions about how learning takes places within the individual and how teachers can best facilitate these achievements.

 

Swann's book is subdivided into three main sections: Part 1 entitled 'Learning' is structured around the explanation of Poppers theories and the coordinated research which has followed that influenced Swann's own research; Part 2 entitled 'Encouraging Learning' begins to criticize mainstream public education systems and their structured curriculum, and instead offers accounts of 'student-initiated curricula' as an alternative; Part 3 entitled 'Developing Teaching' is centered around how those within the education field can bring about the changes indicated in Part 2 and provides a link with Part 1 as the theory behind said development. Self-proclaimed that her book is for anyone who considers themselves a teacher, her book offers strong philosophical arguments without being technically overbearing for those without a philosophy background and explains all arguments in their most basic formality. Although many persons may be self-proclaimed teachers, this book is best geared towards those within education as a profession and less as a hobby or by product of being a parent.

 

The development of Swan's philosophical interpretation of Popper's work is thoroughly developed throughout this book. Concepts and ideas are revisited as they become relevant within the many chapters, and are used to provide fundamental arguments for the topics addressed. Swan indicates that a central concern within today's education system is that many educationists have assumed that learning is a passive process, where information is directly transferred from the environment. Swan argues that this assumption is flawed, and instead insists that learning is an entirely subjective experience which does not take place because there's a transfer of data from the environment. Instead, '[T]he learner's response to an external stimulus is always one of interpretation' (Pg. 21).  It is this internal interpretation which allows for the learner to see possible mismatches in expectations and proceed through problem-solving using trial and error elimination. Swann provides a full explanation of this argument and possible counter argument rebuttals in chapters two and three, as initially this idea to me seemed to go against the grain, for which Swann recognises with many of her readers. Upon considering her argument in full however, and reflecting on my own learning I have been persuaded to agree that my own learning has taken place internally, either consciously or unconsciously as she has indicated by trial and error elimination.

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Architecture to the rescue: the world's greenest projects

Architecture to the rescue: the world's greenest projects | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it

From the home for skateboarders in Afghanistan to houses made entirely of sandbags in South Africa, here's a selection of the most innovative sustainable architecture from around the world...


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Legalize Hempcrete: The Growing Eco-Movement to Build Homes Out of Hemp - Design - GOOD

Legalize Hempcrete: The Growing Eco-Movement to Build Homes Out of Hemp - Design - GOOD | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
Hemp is energy-efficient, non-toxic, and resistant to mold, insects, and fire. (Amazing! Why isn't every home in the world being built with it?

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Hemcrete®: Carbon Negative Hemp Walls

Hemcrete®: Carbon Negative Hemp Walls | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
Buildings account for thirty-eight percent of the CO2 emissions in the U.S., according to the U.S.

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Eco Friendly Homes - Singapore, Is This The Future? | Daily Green ...

Eco Friendly Homes - Singapore, Is This The Future? | Daily Green ... | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
From afar, the high-rises of Punggol Eco-Town look unremarkable, but they are the first large-scale experiment to make public housing – eco-friendly homes, in Singapore, a tropical city-state that is hot year-round.

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The Next Industrial Revolution Starts in this 20-foot Shipping Container

The Next Industrial Revolution Starts in this 20-foot Shipping Container | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
The guys at Re-Char, a small startup that makes carbon-negative products, were faced with a problem.
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Out of control: Driving in a platoon of hands-free cars - tech - 14 September 2012 - New Scientist

Out of control: Driving in a platoon of hands-free cars - tech - 14 September 2012 - New Scientist | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it

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Platooning cars follow one another on the road without any need for drivers to steer.

 

The most alarming thing about taking your hands off the steering wheel when hurtling along the road at 90 kilometres an hour is just how quickly you get used it. There is a brief moment of initial uncertainty, but then you quickly stop worrying about who is control and just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

 

Welcome to the brave new world of semi-autonomous cars. I say "semi" because this car is not entirely driving itself. Volvo calls it a platoon: a convoy of moving cars that are wirelessly coupled together, one behind the other, into a road train, all under the control of a single professional lead driver.

 

With the adaptive cruise control already turned on, all it took was the push of two onscreen buttons and the car appeared to take on a mind of its own. The steering wheel began to move by itself as though possessed, while the car gently accelerated to close the gap to just 6-metres behind the vehicle in front.

 

Besides freeing up some time for drivers to catch up on reading, crack open the laptop, watch a movie or grab a bite, Volvo believes there are broader gains to be had from this kind of technology. Vehicles driving in such tight formations with fewer speed fluctuations should dramatically reduce congestion, says Erik Coelingh, Volvo's senior technical specialist who is heading the research near Gothenburg. The reduction in drag could potentially cut fuel consumption by as much as 20 per cent, he says.

 

Safety issues

 

Then there's the issue of safety. With as many as 10 vehicles linked together via a vehicle-to-vehicle version of Wi-Fi – an IEEE standard called 802.11p – the train as a whole moves as one, with all vehicles mimicking the actions of the lead.

 

This means that even though they are travelling much closer than is normally advised – or even legal in some countries – their reaction time disappears in an emergency braking scenario, with all vehicles breaking in unison, avoiding a collision.

 

So confident is Volvo in this safety mechanism, it says that if the lead vehicle were to drive off a cliff, the next vehicle could stop before reaching the edge. Luckily, I don't have to put this hypothesis to the test.

 

At least that's the theory. But, given the recent advances in autonomous vehicles, do we really need platoons? Sitting in the passenger seat beside me, Coelingh points out that cars like Google's fully-autonomous prototypes are highly impressive but they are still very much research prototypes, consisting of vehicles with expensive equipment bolted on. "We wanted to use existing technology to the largest extent possible," says Coelingh.

 

There isn't a wire or circuit board in sight in the V60 I'm sitting in. With the exception of a discrete aerial on the roof and a touch screen on the dashboard, it looks and feels like a finished product. Almost all the sensors and actuators that keep me from flying off the road now come as standard in most new Volvos (and other manufacturers for that matter). They are the exact same ones that enable cars to stay in lanes and avoid hitting other cars and pedestrians.

 

What's more, we are not yet ready for autonomous cars. With the exception of only a few places in the world, such as Nevada and California, autonomous cars could not legally drive on roads. There are still a host of legislative and liability issues to sort out first, says Coelingh.

 

For platoons, it's possible that many of these issues can be overcome sooner – roughly 10 years – and in the process act as a stepping-stone towards full autonomy, he says. Platoons have already been tested on public roads in Spain.

 

And even when autonomous cars arrive, the two don't have to be mutually exclusive, says Dave Shemmans, CEO of Ricardo, a British engineering firm involved in the EU's €6.4 million Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) project. "Even with fully autonomous vehicles you can still do platooning," he says.

 

As my time on the test track comes to an end and I prepare to disengage from the platoon, it occurs to me that the notion of driving as a form of freedom – with the wind in your hair and the open road before you – no longer applies. But for most drivers, the reality is much more mundane anyhow, with countless hours spent in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

 

I disengage from the platoon, gently apply the brakes and suddenly I'm on my own again, the road demanding my attention once more. Where's the freedom in that?

 

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Cultured men are happier and healthier

Men who visit art galleries, museums, and the theatre regularly tend to enjoy better health and are more satisfied with life, reveals a study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
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As water becomes more precious, more drinking water will come from treated sewage

As water becomes more precious, more drinking water will come from treated sewage | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
The island nation of Singapore is aggressively promoting a solution to the water scarcity that vexes countries worldwide: recycling toilet water to drink.

 

"I don't really feel that I want to be the champion of drinking sewage water," says Takashi Asano, who won the Stockholm Water Prize - one of the industry's highest awards - for his research on wastewater reclamation and reuse. "But something needs to be done, and this is one option." Despite the not-so-pleasant nickname - "toilets to tap" - given to the technology, only about 10 percent of household wastewater typically comes from toilets, while the rest comes from showers, sinks and laundry machines, says Michael Markus, general manager of the Orange County Water District. Orange County also recycles industrial wastewater. This water flows through sewer pipes to a treatment plant, where solids and certain bacteria are removed before it's discharged into the ocean or further treated so it meets or exceeds federal drinking water standards. To make the water potable, Singapore and Orange County use several steps. First, during a process called microfiltration, the water passes through a membrane with tiny holes - hundreds of times smaller than a human hair - that trap bacteria. It then undergoes a reverse-osmosis process in which it's pushed through a second, semi-permeable membrane that blocks salt, viruses and pharmaceuticals. Finally, the water is zapped with high-intensity ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide to kill any trace organics. The resulting water often is cleaner than what you can buy in a store, says Andrew Benedek, who pioneered a wastewater filtering technology now owned by GE Water and in use in Singapore, among other places. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates tap water, and its rules for treating the water are generally stricter than those imposed on bottled water, under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration. No federal law governs recycled wastewater for drinking, but states such as California require additional testing for contaminants. Yet, because of the controversy surrounding this type of water recycling, public acceptance has become as crucial as politics or cost in whether it's implemented.

 

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Live Large in Small Houses | Sustainable Cities Collective

Live Large in Small Houses | Sustainable Cities Collective | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
In my neighborhood, a simple drive down a major street reveals startling changes from block to block.

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18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations

18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
The Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts event and is presented FREE to the public every two years.
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FTL Interviews Michael Strong About Free Cities: Audio Interview {Spoiler Alert: You might be SICKENED by this concept}

 "when Greed disguises itself as innovation" 

Michael Strong is the CEO of MGK Group, an organization working to build autonomous cities in Honduras. We get the scoop and address the tough iss...

 

"FTL Interviews Michael Strong About Free Cities" by Free Talk Live is licensed under a Creative Commons License

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Review - A Citizen Legislature/A People's Parliament - { Adapt to collaborative Micro gov't for intentional communities?}

Review - A Citizen Legislature/A People's Parliament - { Adapt to collaborative Micro gov't for intentional communities?} | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
CURING THE DISORDERS OF THE AGE? During the process of engendering a constitutional republic the American founders were cognizant of the dangers inherent in an unchecked democracy.

 

 

CURING THE DISORDERS OF THE AGE?

 

During the process of engendering a constitutional republic the American founders were cognizant of the dangers inherent in an unchecked democracy. They were keenly aware that a predominately democratic regime would eventually threaten the cornerstone of the republic, private property rights, and never permit Thomas Jefferson's "natural aristocracy" to rise to the leadership of the state.

 

The founders hoped to solve this dilemma by installing mechanisms adapted from Montesquieu's model whereby the central government (Leviathan) would be divided into three estates: the executive, legislative, and the judicial, by introducing the concept of "states rights" via the ninth and tenth amendments of the Bill of Rights, limiting the power of the executive, and by constitutionally requiring that election to the upper house (Senate) by the state legislature.

 

Today thanks to the pressures brought about by party politics, demagoguery, the "disproportionate influence of big money and the media," and the inevitable rise of the libido dominandi, the American government has completed its journey from a constitutional republic to a social democracy. As a recent cover of Chronicles magazine proclaimed, We Are All Socialists Now!

 

Well, maybe.

 

The question is, is there anything we can do to thwart what appears to be the inexorable march toward American statism?

 

A new book (actually two) by the British publishing house, Imprint Academic proffers ideas that are innovative and practical while bearing a "classical pedigree."

 

The American version, A Citizen Legislature, by Ernest Callenbach, and Michael Phillips, initially published in 1985, seeks to incorporate John Adams's ideal of the House of Representatives, that it "should be an exact portrait, in miniature, of the people at large, as it should think, feel, reason, and act like them."

 

Aware that the current (and past) House of Representatives is overloaded with white lawyers and deficient in electricians, women, bricklayers, African-Americans, philosophers, Latinos and nurses they propose to rectify the situation by applying the ancient Greek remedy of sortition, the use of random selection.

 

Noting that the present system of electing representatives results in the purchase of congressmen in much the same manner business is conducted in a Wheeling bordello, the authors quite accurately claim that the average American citizen rarely benefits from congressional skullduggery. One need look no further than the current financial crisis!

 

Their solution is to change the name of the House of Representatives to Representative House, where the members of this Representative House will be randomly chosen by lottery from the jury lists of each county in the country with the usual exclusions based on age, felony priors, insanity, and citizenship. This "random" selection would be programmed for proportionality based on sex, race, and occupation. Social diversity, Mr. Adams's "transcript" of the people, is the key to Representative House.

 

The new representative would serve three years with their terms overlapping and function the same as the current house without having to answer to political bosses, lobbyists, contributors, or the power elite in either the Senate, the bureaucracy, or the administration; these reps owe them nothing and they're gone in three years. The authors point out that the "drafting of laws would continue to be done by executive employees, legislative analysts, business lobbyists, and citizen organizations, working with Congressional staff members." And, this is a critical point.     

 

Most of these reps will be "average" people, a significant number without college degrees or experience with apparatchiks, bureaucrats, and the power elite. Many will be appalled at witnessing the waste in government first hand and presumably a portion of those who lean to the "left" will join with the more conservative members to actually begin the process of downsizing Leviathan. Will a bricklayer from East Liverpool, Oho whose pal back home was injured on the job and refused Social Security benefits be happy with idea of the University of Pittsburgh procuring a $12 million dollar federal grant to study the mating habits of carp in the Monongahela River? I think not, and neither will he be likely to raise his taxes to pay for every liberal scheme introduced in the house!

 

Nor are these folks going to be delighted with the typically obfuscatory wording of federal legislation. They might even require that all proposed legislation be read by the full house and be presented in a simple and clear manner. Also, Representative House may be more inclined to resist the neoconservative/liberal Messianic desire to save the world and be less enthusiastic about the prospect of engaging in foreign entanglements, for much the same reasons as the founders. They might even reclaim the constitutional prerogative to declare war!

 

The authors' political preference is a little to the left. For example they heap praise on the Legal Assistance Programs, describing them as "one of the great successes of recent legislative history," and suggest that The Peoples Republic of Oregon might serve as a good state to try out the sortition proposal because it is "one of the most socially innovative of the states..."

 

One fear regarding "random selection" of representatives in the lower house is that we might end up with a coterie of drunks, coke heads, lay abouts, and other ner-do-wells. But, considering the make up of the current House of Representatives that might be a significant improvement! And, while the latter crop of congressional reps will continue to feast at the public trough like leeches on Bogie's back (see the African Queen) for a long, long time the former assembly of reps will be gone in three years, and much less likely to get their hand in the till.

 

Also, it should be noted that this proposal (sortition for the lower house) does not originate in the fecund albeit perverse minds of either Marx or Hegel but rather comes to us from the classical Greeks. The idea being that one applies sortition in selecting the lower house (true democracy), and the vote when selecting the upper house (aristocracy).

 

A Citizen Legislature is a practical plan to address a particularly egregious problem, the corruption of the U.S. House of Representatives. And, while there are a number of issues, questions, and problems with the authors' thesis this book puts forth substantive proposals that deserve our attention and public debate.

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The Now & Future: how our's and our kids' generations are innovating the dissemination and reception of News...

The Now & Future: how our's and our kids'  generations are innovating the  dissemination and reception of News... | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
Rich Mkhondo asks what the constant development of innovative strategies to deliver news mean for the future of journalism...

 

 in the past decade, media rules have been rewritten and the way we receive and consume news is transforming. The way media companies package content and interact with their audiences is also changing. We are seeing innovations nearly every day.

 

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Building materials from waste

Building materials from waste | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it

 

 

environment friendly, energy efficient materials from industrial and agro waste like sugarcane bagasse and construction waste. They have used these materials for making false ceilings and in interior designing as well as demonstration houses.

 

The idea originated during their visit to a paper mill near city about two years back. They saw a huge amount of waste generated from the mill and decided to reuse it. Now they have developed extremely light weight and energy efficient bricks from paper waste. "We decided to make bricks from the waste mainly looking at almost 30% shortage of bricks.

 

Also, we needed alternative materials that could fit into our concept of green construction. After the newspaper waste bricks, we have made similar thermally insulated bricks from agro-waste or sugarcane bagasse and also a mixture of waste material generated commonly at any construction site," said Rahul Ralegaonkar, associate professor of civil engineering at VNIT.

 

Sugarcane bagasse is generally burnt in furnaces and elsewhere resulting in ash. This ash is similar to fly ash used to make bricks.


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CITE: The $1 Billion Ghost City Built to Test the Technology of Tomorrow

CITE: The $1 Billion Ghost City Built to Test the Technology of Tomorrow | Dave Sellers, Iconoclast Architect , GroupThink about the {non-gadgety} house, home, neighborhood, culture, and sustainable living situation for the future. IDEAS WELCOME, INVITED, ENCOURAGED, and MUCH APPRECIATED! | Scoop.it
The Center for Testing, Evaluation and Innovation (CITE) - a town that would be built over 20 square miles of virgin desert in Lea County, New Mexico in order to test sustainable infrastructure and technologies.

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