Greg Newby on Cognitive Space & Exosomatic Memory

Dr. Greg Newby

Dr. Greg Newby

Why I’m an information scientist

  • I believe that information is one of the most powerful phenomena. The ability to access and utilize information can help to overcome obstacles and solve problems. I want to make information more readily available to all people.There are many ways of providing access to information:
    • Through better information systems, including information retrieval systems. Thus, IR is one of my main research areas.
    • By providing the means of accessing information. Computer & information literacy training is therefore a big part of my curriculum interests at UNC. I also worked to bring about better information access via Prairienet (a community computing system) and iBiblio.
    • By actually creating information availability — authoring Web pages and articles and providing unrestricted access. I also work with Project Gutenberg to provide free electronic books (over 100 new [generally pre-1923] books per month).

Major themes in my research

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Apr 23

Philip Roscoe: YouTube (21:46) True Cost of Economics – Is Economics a [Very Immature Dangerous] Way of Thinking?

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The True Cost of Economics

Leading management thinker Philip Roscoe argues that economics is not a science, it’s a way of thinking – one that, over the course of the 20th century, has come to dominate the decision-making of both individuals and governments. Every day we make choices – where to live, what to eat, how to educate our children and care for our parents – in which the influence of economics invariably promotes self-interest over social obligations. But all of today’s big problems require collective action, so a way of thinking shaped by economic principles is a huge obstacle to change. Can we begin to think differently?

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Apr 23

Berto Jongman: Pedophiles Raping and Snuffing Toddlers Online, Using Bitcoin, Police and Politicians Useless

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Disturbing new internet child abuse sees toddlers raped and burned live on webcam as paedophiles use Bitcoin to stop being traced, warns police chief

  • Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, warned of depraved new trend
  • Paedophiles pay for sick online ‘shows’ using untraceable Bitcoin
  • Mr Wainwright warned that police and politicians struggle to keep up

Kieran Corcoran

MailOnline (UK), 21 April 2014

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Maple Leaf Gardens pedophile Gordon Stuckless pleads guilty to 100 more counts

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Apr 23

Worth a Look: Stone Garden Economics

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Featuring the work of Jurgen Brauer, pioneer of Peace Economics

Articles, Books, Data, Lectures, Photography, Teaching

“Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:

1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.”

Excerpt from Bertrand Russell, “The Best Answer to Fanaticism: Liberalism.” New York Times Magazine, 16 December 1951.

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Apr 22

Worth a Look: The Economics of Peace & Security Journal

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The Economics of Peace and Security Journal

Welcome to The Economics of Peace and Security Journal (EPSJ), a publication of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS). Issues are published in April and October. Click the About item in the menu bar to learn more about EPSJ, including our scholarly scope & aims and our history. Please Subscribe to read the two most recent issues of EPSJ. Subscriptions fees are US$25 for EPS members, US$50 for non-member individuals, and US$150 for institutions. All articles and issues become open-access 12 months after initial publication. To enjoy open-access reading, readers nonetheless are required to Register. Registration assists us with documenting the use of the journal. For reproduction and reprint permissions, please contact us at managingeditor@epsjournal.org.uk. EPSJ is indexed with the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), and is listed in Cabell’s Directories. From 2006 to 2013, RePEc alone shows 26,000 abstract views and 7,000 article downloads. All articles are peer-reviewed.

J Brauer & J P Dunne
Editors, EPSJ

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Apr 22

Chuck Spinney: US Broken OODA Loops on Ukraine

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

The United States is careening toward a New Cold War in its conflict with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. But a recent poll showed that most Americans can not even locate Ukraine on a map, much less understand the history behind the issues at stake. Moreover, the same poll found that the less they Americans know about Ukraine, the more likely they are to favor U.S. intervention. On the other hand, West Europeans — especially Germans — take a more nuanced view of this crisis.

Clearly, we are faced with a problem of the arrogance of ignorance being driven by defective OODA loops. Since all conflict embodies conflicting OODA Loops, readers interested in improving their own loops can begin to do so by Orienting themselves to differing perspectives on the Ukraine crisis.

One particularly useful source for a variety of differing perspectives is the trove of information assembled daily by Johnson’s Russia List (JRL).

Attached herewith is a typical example of the kind of information found on JRL (in this case, written from a Russian point of view).

Chuck Spinney

The Blaster

Donbass’ Roots of Violent Division: Geography, History, Culture

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Apr 22

Jon Ramer: Cowboy Indian Alliance (CIA) Rejects Keystone Pipeline and Unites to Protect the Sacred –Video and Protest in DC 22 April 2014

Jon Ramer

Jon Ramer

Greetings!

I hope this finds you well. There is a story of “unprecedented unified action” unfolding as unlikely parties have come together to protect and restore our sacred Mother Earth. First Nations, Native Americans, and their allies, in the form of ranchers, farmers, landowners, lawyers, educators, activists, environmentalists, faith and spiritual leaders and others are teaming up to stop all tar sands projects; to challenge us to confront our dependency on fossil fuels, demand that we accelerate the shift to renewable energy, and stop destroying our planet.

The recent delay by President Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline is not just connected to the courts in Nebraska; the actions in the Dakotas and Nebraska come as the most unlikely of parties are joining forces. There are international treaties being signed between sovereign nations to stop the tar sands projects from all directions. There are prayer and spiritual camps being set up along the KXL pipeline route. First Nations, Native Americans and their allies have come together to form the Cowboy Indian Alliance (CIA).  This new CIA is engaged and working cooperatively like never before to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

Obama’s 50 Wounded Knees???? from Sacred on Vimeo.

A video message – “Obama’s 50 Wounded Knees????” has been prepared for President Obama reminding him of the names he was given and the promises he has made. This video message is a call to remember and awaken to our common home and shared destiny.

The new CIA has also put out a call to action – Reject and Protect - to invite everyone to come to Washington DC starting this Tuesday, April 22 through Sunday, April 27. On Tuesday April 22, Earth Day, the new CIA will ride into Washington DC and set up camp near the White House to tell President Obama to reject the pipeline.  They are building the camp on the national mall and will have tipi and water ceremonies.

The motivation to come together is not driven by the insatiable desire to continue to grow without limits, consume more of our precious resources, or produce more profits for a few. The inspiration is the fulfillment of a sacred promise to our ancestors and future generations to act as stewards of our precious planet and to summon the courage to “Warrior-Up” if needed and stand up to these risks and threats!

If you can’t make it to Washington DC this week we ask that you join with us and help spread the word. It is time to Reject and Protect. Please share the Obama’s 50 Wounded Knees???? video and sign up to volunteer on the Protect the Sacred website!

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Apr 21

Chuck Spinney: Toxic Alliance – Neo-Cons and “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) War-mongers

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

This email continues the theme I introduced with How Obama’s Rhetoric Reinforces America’s Grand Strategic Pathway to Catastrophe.

Attached beneath my introduction is an brilliant essay, The Dangerous Neocon-R2P Alliance, written by Robert Parry of Consortium News.  Parry describes how propaganda produced by this domestic alliance of convenience among a non-representative minority of unelected influence peddlers is fueling America’s rush to a new Cold War with Russia.

Introduction

There is nothing new, per se, in the domestic politics fueling this rush to war.  During the height of the Cold War war, however, it was routine for American politicians and analysts calling for higher defense budgets to claim that foreign policy was broadly bipartisan — i.e., that domestic politics stopped at the waters edge and the United States had a bi-partisan foreign policy.

Of course, the claim that domestic politics stopped at the water edge is patent nonsense.  Nevertheless, maintaining the popular fiction became a central prop in the domestic politics of fear used by the pol-mil apparat to suppress opponents of increased defense spending.  This was especially true during periods of economic ‘austerity,’ when maintaining high defense budgets required cutbacks in spending for social programs, like infrastructure modernization (bridges, sewers, schools, etc) or those aimed at social welfare, especially those programs for poverty relief, medical coverage, or social social security.

In thinking through the implications of Parry’s analysis, it is important to remember that a nation’s foreign policy is always a reflection of its domestic politics.  This is especially the case for democracies.  President Eisenhower’s warning about the dangers posed by the Military – Industrial (and I would add Congressional) Complex (or MICC) illustrates this point:  Was not his warning precisely about the danger posed by the rise of misplaced domestic political power accruing to those parts of the federal government and private economic sector that benefited from high levels of defense spending? Today, a whole cottage industry of think tanks and media outlets is organized around the requirement to produce the propaganda needed to prop up that misplaced power.

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Apr 21

SchwartzReport: 37% of Voters Fear the Federal Government

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

37% of Voters Fear the Federal Government
Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen is a right leaning survey operation. I mention this because context matters and a Right leaning poll with these results is worthy of close attention. I think this is telling us that the basis of trust upon which our democracy was based is eroding as quickly as the ice sheet covering Greenland.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure.

Perhaps in part that’s because 54% consider the federal government today a threat to individual liberty rather than a protector. Just 22% see the government as a protector of individual rights, and that’s down from 30% last November. Slightly more (24%) are now undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

As recently as December 2012, voters were evenly divided on this question: 45% said the federal government was a protector of individual rights, while 46% described it as a threat to those rights.

Two-out-of-three voters (67%) view the federal government today as a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. Just 17% disagree, while 15% are undecided.

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Apr 21

Yoda: Movement Grows to Legalize Marijuana

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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