Yoda: “Tech” Is Political — Face It

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

‘Tech’ Is Political—How We Respond to It Needs to Be Just as Political

New technologies will not solve our problems: People acting collectively will.

By Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Astra Taylor

The Internet and associated technologies reflect and amplify the winner-take-all economy in which they are embedded, inseparable from the political and financial revolution that has been unfolding since the 1970s.

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Jul 23

Sepp Hasslberger: Is the Economy About Finance for the 1% or Bien Estar (Well-Being) for the 99%?

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

What’s the economy all about … is it people, or finance?

Because You’re Worthless – Challenging The Current Economic System in 3 Minutes

Poem by Agnes Török on the news of a new Conservative budget. Based on experiences of living in Britain under austerity as a young, queer, unemployed, female immigrant student – and not taking it any more.

Phi Beta Iota: Art trumps corruption in 3 minutes. YouTube (3:12) top stuff.

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Jul 20

Mongoose: El Chapo a Hero in Mexico — Say What?

Mongoose

Mongoose

The next attache from DHS will have their work cut out for them.

In Mexico, escaped ‘El Chapo’ is folk hero no. 1

For many Mexicans, he is an unusual combination of Robin Hood and billionaire.

He fought the law, and he won. He beat what many Mexicans see as a corrupt and feckless governing class.

 

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Jul 19

Sepp Hasslberger: Peer Review Does Not Work

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Peer review, instead of helping science stay on track, is actually retarding real progress.

The peer review drugs don’t work

EXTRACT

Peer review is anti-innovatory because it is a process that depends on approval by exponents of the current orthodoxy.   . . .   Perhaps the biggest argument against the peer review of completed studies is that it simply isn’t needed. With the World Wide Web everything can be published, and the world can decide what’s important and what isn’t. This proposition strikes terror into many hearts, but with so much poor-quality science published what do we have to lose?

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Jul 15

SchwartzReport: Asia Owns the Future — Two Thirds of Global Middle Class in Asia by 2030

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

As this report spells out, “By 2030, Asia-Pacific countries will comprise nearly two-thirds of the global middle class, dwarfing the projected one-fifth for Europe and North America combined.” Along with climate change this is one of the great geopolitical meta-trends that will define the 21st century.  In the U.S., one has to also add The Emerging White Minority Trend. And yet you will find barely a mention of this anywhere in corporate media. Why is that do you think? Austerity economics and deregulation have virtually destroyed the American middle class, certainly made it a shadow of its former self. In those European countries which embraced Austerity Economics a similar process has been going on. At the same time India, China, the Asia-Pacific nations, are creating a middle class that will dwarf its White counterpart. Power will shift. Our intransigence  concerning climate change, means leadership will go elsewhere, and will increase the speed of this transfer. We are going into a different world. And because profit is our only cultural priority, we are doing it rather badly.

5 Reasons America Should Fear the Global Middle Class

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Jul 5