Yoda: Movement Grows to Legalize Marijuana

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Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Wise, this is.

420 festival: How far and fast could legal marijuana spread?

The 420 festival in Denver Sunday shows how the legal marijuana cultural phenomenon is growing. But it’s Colorado’s success in keeping things safe and orderly that has some ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the industry.

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A New York Times/CBS News poll found that 51 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. That is up from 27 percent in 1979. If that number continues its upward trend, as expected, the tax money that legal marijuana promises politicians will look more inviting. For its part, Marijuana Business Daily forecasts that industry sales nationwide will hit $8 billion in 2018.

The potential expansion of legal marijuana has already largely played out with medical marijuana. Twenty-one states currently allow marijuana for medical use. Twelve more will consider it this fall, meaning more than half of states will likely have some form of legal marijuana by the end of the year.

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Apr 20

Stephen E. Arnold: Technology Flopping – Thinking Still Out of Style

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Concern about the Future of Technology

I suggest you read two articles.

The first is from folks who make their living cheerleading technology. The article “What Does the Recent Tech Stock Downturn Meant? The Truth Is Nobody Knows.” is an admission that the future of technology is—well—not too clear. With increasing class tension in the City by the Bay, I suppose some reflection is warranted. I sort of knew this when I was a wee lad. Apparently for those surfing technology, the notion that the fancy analytics systems with their clever predictive methods are clueless is interesting. I assume not even insider information is illuminating the dark corners of what seems to be a somewhat trivial issue compared with some of the national and international news.

The second is “We got Bookies to Predict the Future of Tech.” Crowdsourcing the future is not too interesting. I checked out the investment and threat markets and concluded that the Ivory Tower folks had time on their hands. This article contains a quote I noted. The comment is about Google Glass. Few items of headgear trigger assaults, so I was intrigued:

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Apr 20

Stephen E. Arnold: Imagine the Internet Without Search Engines — or Google — or IBM

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

PART I Imagine the Internet without Search Engines

Centrifuge Systems proposes an interesting idea in “Big Data Discovery Without Link Analysis Is Like The Web Without Google.” Centrifuge Systems asks readers of the short article to imagine using the Internet without a search engine. How would we locate information? It would be similar to the librarian’s favorite description of the Internet all the contents of a library spilled on the floor. The article continues to explain that big data without link analysis works the same as the Internet without a search engine.

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PART II Google and IBM Struggle

At my age, I don’t own stocks. I don’t own anything because life in rural Kentucky is simple. The news about Google’s and IBM’s most recent financial results struck me as an MBA discussion group problem.

IBM issued “IBM Reports 2014 First Quarter Results.” What surprises did the $100 billion giant sprint on me? In a nutshell, declining revenues and profits. The bright spots were IBM’s consulting revenues and the company’s cloud computing. Other parts of the business were less robust. Overall IBM faces major challenges in hardware where no easy fix seems evident. Search as manifested in the Watson initiative will have to deliver.

In “Google Inc. Announces First Quarter 2014 Results” made clear that the Google was able to pump up its revenue. I noted the word “great” as Google’s way of describing the last 12 weeks’ financial performance. I noted that profit was down. Explanations included accountants being accountants and acquisitions. For me, the shift to mobile and the now-familiar dependence on one major revenue stream were important. Google may have to do more to keep up the appearance that it is the same super star that burst upon the scene more than a decade ago. Aging pro athletes and Hollywood starlets know the drill well. More effort goes into staying young at an increasingly higher cost. Is search as Google defines it up to the task of paying for personal trainers and plastic surgeons?

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Apr 17

Michel Bauwens: redefining value within and beyond the money form

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

The priority after MoneyLab (2): redefining value within and beyond the money form

How can we arrive at common decisions on what is to be valued? Do we value personal bonds or do we value anonymity? Do we value community or do we value individuality? Is there a way to bridge these apparent opposites or dissolve their inherent contradictions, or will they forever be in conflict? What do we value about ourselves? What do we value about others? What do we value in nature, in work, in leisure? And how can we embed these values — both moral and economic — in the very money-form? Ultimately, if we are talking about creating a radically different society, the question of value will have to somehow be detached from money.

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Apr 16

SchwartzReport: Average American Pulling Out of US Stock Market

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is a major trend that has received almost no attention. Long term it has significant implications: a market without citizen investors has a very different dynamic. For myself, I gave up on the stock market in 2008 believing small investors had become basically just road kill. That view is spreading, as this report makes clear. Click through to see the graphics.

Americans Increasingly Rejecting the Stock Market, Cuts Wall Street Profits
Daily Kos

The stock market is at all-time highs, but trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange is at 15 year lows.

Quite simply, the mom-and-pop investor has had enough and is leaving the market.

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Apr 15

Owl: Nevada Land Fight About Fracking Over Cattle? Senator Harry Reid Making a Bundle Sponsoring Chinese Solar Power Plant on Public Land Tea Party Calls This Our Tiananmen Square Showdown — Snipers and Blackwater Deployed

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

The futurist lets it rip:

Gerald Celente: Bundy Range War a Fascist Dream

The real reason they are going after Bundy, making way for the frackers? Mike Adams lays out the case in detail for frackers behind federal persecution of Bundy:

This document from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology(1) shows significant exploratory drilling being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870′s. The “Gold Butte” area is indicated on the lower right corner of the document (see below), and it clearly shows numerous exploratory drilling operations have been conducted there. What’s also clear is that oil has been found in nearby areas and possibly even within the Gold Butte area itself. 

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More:

BLM sells 29 oil, gas leases in northeast Nevada

BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases

Or maybe THIS is the real reason they are after Bundy: Senator Harry Reid & son will make a bundle:

“Back in 2012, the New American reported that Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid, was the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm planning to build a $5-billion solar plant on public land in Laughlin, Nevada. And journalist Marcus Stern with Reuters also reported that Sen. Reid was heavily involved in the deal as well. [Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert,” he wrote. “Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada.” “His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.” Although these reports are in plain view, the mainstream media has so far ignored this link.”

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Breaking: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch

Tea Party Lawmaker: Nev. Cattle Roundup ‘Reminded Me Of Tiananmen Square

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Apr 12

Lee Camp: (YouTube 5:30) World Bank President Complains that Internet is Exposing Worker Conditions Worldwide

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Apr 12

Jean Lievins: (YouTube 9:30) The Human Cost of Your iPhone – Should SHOCK You

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics

This short documentary reveals the hazards of the electronics industry in China profiling workers poisoned by chemicals and their struggle for compensation.

Thousands of young people in China enter export factories to make the West’s favorite electronic gadgets, only to find they have contracted occupational diseases or worse, leukemia, by the age of 25.

Benzine is a class one carcinogenic banned everywhere EXCEPT China.

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Apr 12

Berto Jongman: Paul Krugman Reviews Thomas Pikerty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century — The New Guilded Age

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Why We’re in a New Gilded Age

Paul Krugman

New York Review of Books, 8 May 2014

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century is, as I hope I’ve made clear, an awesome work. At a time when the concentration of wealth and income in the hands of a few has resurfaced as a central political issue, Piketty doesn’t just offer invaluable documentation of what is happening, with unmatched historical depth. He also offers what amounts to a unified field theory of inequality, one that integrates economic growth, the distribution of income between capital and labor, and the distribution of wealth and income among individuals into a single frame.

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Piketty ends Capital in the Twenty-First Century with a call to arms—a call, in particular, for wealth taxes, global if possible, to restrain the growing power of inherited wealth. It’s easy to be cynical about the prospects for anything of the kind. But surely Piketty’s masterly diagnosis of where we are and where we’re heading makes such a thing considerably more likely. So Capital in the Twenty-First Century is an extremely important book on all fronts. Piketty has transformed our economic discourse; we’ll never talk about wealth and inequality the same way we used to.

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Apr 10

SchwartzReport: Give Up on Climate Change — the Stupid Poor and the Greedy Rich Roll On…

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Another climate scientist, who is an SR reader sent me this telling me that while he did not agree with the solution James Lovelock offered, he felt it did represent the growing consensus amongst climate scientists that “stupidity and greed” are going to trump rational good sense. I have long agreed with this assessment.!

We Should Give Up Trying to Save the World From Climate Change, Says James Lovelock
SARAH KNAPTON – Telegraph (U.K.)

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Apr 10