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How can we bring manufacturing back to the United States?

How can we bring manufacturing back to the United States? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Chris Anderson's answer: Aaron Khoo makes several good points in his post. In addition to that, it's good to remember that intelligent outsourcing is a smarter strategy than protectionism.
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Yale Environment 360: Above a Whole Foods Market, A Greenhouse Grows in Brooklyn

Yale Environment 360: Above a Whole Foods Market, A Greenhouse Grows in Brooklyn | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

By the end of this year, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, will witness the completion of a cutting-edge partnership in urban agriculture and retail — a 20,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse built on a Whole Foods supermarket. 

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Wikipediocracy

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On Monday, November 4th, cloudy skies and cool temperatures will engulf Barcelona, Spain, as Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales delivers a paid keynote speech to a conference of information technologists, meeting at the Alfresco Summit. What Jimbo will be leaving in his rear-view mirror are the heated arguments taking place on Wikipedia, regarding a controversy about purportedly 250 “sockpuppet” editor accounts that stand accused of conflict-of-interest and paid advocacy editing. (The story was broken by Simon Owens at The Daily Dot.) That news spawned coverage in over 100 different media outlets, including TIME, BBC News, and Wall Street Journal. Many of the follow-up articles focused on concerns that Wikipedia is doomed, with “editor churn” a growing and intractable problem, and questions arising about whether an “anyone can edit” model can ever produce a truly neutral and reliable reference. Maybe Jimmy Wales’ prophecy is coming true, where he said, “Given enough time humans will screw up Wikipedia just as they have screwed up everything else.”

 
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Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain

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Exclusive "We aren't democratic." That's how Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales described his famously-collaborative online encyclopedia in a recent puff piece from The New York Times Magazine. "The core community appreciates when someone is knowledgeable," he said, "and thinks some people are idiots and shouldn't be writing."

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Study: The Lott Page

SYNOPSIS: Consumers already know to be wary of random assertions they find on the web. The Wikipedia entry for "John Lott" gives a classic example of why consumers should be not only careful to check the assertions they find on the web, but also the quality and policies of the source as well.

 
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Snared in the Web of a Wikipedia Liar - New York Times

Snared in the Web of a Wikipedia Liar - New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The question of Wikipedia, as of so much of what you find online, is: Can you trust it?
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Wikipedia Woes - Pending Crisis as Editors Leave in Droves

Wikipedia Woes - Pending Crisis as Editors Leave in Droves | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Observation: It is difficult to ignore the many complaints which we at the Thunderbolts Project receive about Wikipedia. The horror stories circulating recently about the way in which Wikipedia has been taken over, including experiences we can vouch for ourselves, really do suggest that the "people's encyclopedia" is moving rapidly toward a complete breakdown of confidence, particularly on subjects that challenge common theoretical assumptions or the "consensus" that underpins orthodox science. 

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A Compendium of Wikipedia Criticism | Wikipediocracy

A Compendium of Wikipedia Criticism | Wikipediocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, Gomi of the late great Wikipedia Review compiled an introductory survey of criticism that is intended to provide the public with a range of different reasons to shun Wikipedia as an authoritative source of information

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Economics and the Commons Conference [knowledge stream] report – Mike Linksvayer

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Economics and the Common(s): From Seed Form to Core Paradigm. A report on an international conference on the future of the commons(pdf) by David Bollier. Section on the knowledge stream (which I coordinated; pre-conference post) copied below, followed by an addendum with thanks and vague promises. First, video of the stream keynote (slides) by Carolina Botero (introduced by me; archive.org copy).

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Introducing the South-African shack dwellers movement

“S’bu Zikode, founder of the Durban-based shack-dwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, was invited to speak at Rhodes University on Thursday 10 October 2013. After the recent shooting of 17 year old AbM member, Nqobile Nzuza, Zikode focused on the increasing state oppression and violence against poorer communities in Cato Crest, Durban, and across the country.”

 
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Toward Resilient Architectures 4: The Geometry of Resilience

We have previously described four key characteristics of resilient structures in natural systems: diversity; web-network structure; distribution across a range of scales; and the capacity to self-adapt and “self-organize.” We showed how these features allow a structure to adapt to shocks and changes that might otherwise prove catastrophic (in a post titled Biology Lessons).

 
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7 Ways to Lead ‘Swarmwise’ in a Networked World

7 Ways to Lead ‘Swarmwise’ in a Networked World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With the tech-enabled changes to network organizations from a hierarchical ones also comes changes in the practice of leadership.
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6 Awesome Board Games That Teach Cooperation

6 Awesome Board Games That Teach Cooperation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Commonopoly in action. Photo credit: Big Hope.
The most popular board games are based on competition. Monopoly epitomizes the winner take all nature of the genre.
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The Bitcoin travellers: round the world using online currency only

The Bitcoin travellers: round the world using online currency only | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
After one couple proved you can travel round the world using bitcoin, the currency is rapidly becoming a viable choice for the tech-savvy tourist
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Brunella Battista's curator insight, November 2, 2013 6:46 PM

"Life on Bitcoin" liked and retweeted our video. watch it on www.youtube.com/dbdigitaltv or http://www.bitcoinvanocuver.ca

 

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Commons Strategies Group Round table in Berlin

An interview produced by Alain Ambrosi, at the Economics and the Commons Conference which took place in Berlin from 22 to 24 May 2013. 
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The Great Failure of Wikipedia

The Great Failure of Wikipedia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I have now tried extended interaction with Wikipedia. I consider it a failure. In doing so, I will describe why, instead of just slinking off into the night on my projects. Maybe it will do some good. Maybe it will not. I’m sure, at the end of the day, there must be hundreds like me at this point. Burned, slapped, ejected from the mothership for not following the rules, no matter how intricate and foolish. Let me at least go with some smoke.

 
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Philip Sandifer: Writer: Wikipedia Goes All-In on Transphobia

We’ll start with the good news. After a second move discussion, Wikipedia has decided to move the article on Chelsea Manning back to her actual name instead of misgendering and misnaming her. This brings us to the bad news, which is essentially everything else, and in particular everything surrounding the arbitration committee case.   This case has led to the declaration that calling out transphobia on Wikipedia is unacceptable, that trans activists are disqualified from working on articles involving trans subjects, and that it's more acceptable for people employed by the US military to covertly edit the Chelsea Manning article than it is for trans advocates to do so openly.

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Why Wikipedia Can't Work

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Wikipedia claims (or is promoted by its users as) a replacement for the traditional encyclopedia. They frequently compare themselves to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but in reality Wikipedia is not an adequate substitute, let alone a replacement. What's more, because of fundamental problems in Wikipedia's philosophy, design, and operation, it would appear impossible for Wikipedia to ever become such a substitute.

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The Acta Pauli blog and Wikipedia trolls

By accident last night I came across the Acta Pauli blog.  I was hitherto unaware that this group blog existed.  It is, of course, dedicated to the study of the apocryphal Acts of Paul, and their better known extract, the Acts of Paul and Thecla.  The blog contains much useful information on this text, not least that discoveries of portions of it are a continuing process.

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The Fairy-Tale Cult of Wikipedia

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A correspondent who shares my interests in cosmology and in the suppression of novel ideas alerted me to the manner in which Wikipedia has been censoring and denigrating suggestions about the influence of electromagnetic forces on large-scale phenomena in the universe: see "Wikipedia Woes — Pending crisis as editors leave in droves" (by Dave Smith, 2009/12/26). 
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Wikipedia: The Only Way to Win is Not to Play

Wikipedia: The Only Way to Win is Not to Play | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This is my final post on trying to edit Wikipedia.  There is no point to this charade anymore.  After having taken a few days to reflect on what was happening, I’ve come to the same conclusion that many before me have reached as well:  It’s not worth the effort.  Wikipedia is systematically broken to the point that trying to edit it is a complete waste of time.  Wikipediocracy has compiled  A Compendium of Wikipedia Criticism.  It’s worth reading.  Rupert Sheldrake’s biography is no better than when I started and this is despite the efforts of numerous people.

 
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European Citizens' Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income - Basic Income European Citizens' Initiative

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beyond “not for profiteering..” — Field Notes … — Medium

beyond “not for profiteering..” — Field Notes … — Medium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

During my journey with The-Hub.net I have increasingly found myself in the nexus between the false morality of the “Not For Profit” world and the auto malignment of the “For Profit” world. A nexus that has over the course of the last 10 or so years produced a whole world of Social Enterprise — with numerous off springs corporate forms like community interest companies…

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New Report Summarizes the Economics and the Commons Conference 2013

New Report Summarizes the Economics and the Commons Conference 2013 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Heinrich Boll Foundation just released a detailed, educational, and inspiring report summarizing the international conference it hosted in Berlin, Germany May 22-24, 2013.
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We Gathered, We Mapped, We Shared: a #MapJam Follow-Up

We Gathered, We Mapped, We Shared: a #MapJam Follow-Up | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For two weeks in October, people all over the world gathered to make maps.
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