Fiona Bywaters: Notes on the Open Source Everything Manifesto (World Futures Council Perspective)

Fiona Bywaters

Fiona Bywaters

The Open Source Everything Manifesto – Transparency, Truth & Trust
By Robert David Steele (2012)

Notes by Fiona Bywaters of the World Futures Council

DOC (4 Pages): Notes on the OSE Manifesto (Fiona Bywaters)

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Oct 30

Mini-Me: German Mustard Gas Used by Iraq Against Iran Under US Supervision — Is Russian Money Buying the Truth?

Who?  Mini-Me?

Who? Mini-Me?

Journalist Reveals Iraqis Used German Mustard Gas on Iranians Under US Watch in 1988

MOSCOW, October 22 (RIA Novosti) – A prominent German journalist, Udo Ulfkotte, has revealed that Iraqis, guided by the United States, used German mustard gas against Iranian soldiers in 1988.

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The mustard gas was brought to Iraq from Germany labeled as “pesticides,” Ulfkotte explained in the e-mail. “The US gave the satellite photos of the Iranian positions and supervised the action and the Iraqis did it – and I photographed it and was not allowed to publish it,” the journalist said.

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Oct 25

Mongoose: Year of the White House Jumper — You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet…

Mongoose

Mongoose

The Year of the White House Jumper: Five trespassers have made their way past the presidential gates in 2014

Four of the intruders scaled the iron fence surrounding Obama’s mansion while one, a toddler, actually squeezed in between the bars of the fence.

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Oct 24

Review: The Secessionist States of America – The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country … Now

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

Douglas MacKinnon

5.0 out of 5 stars Patriotic Cry from the Heart — Should NOT Be Ignored!, October 24, 2014

It breaks my heart to see reasonable credible cries from the heart on secession put forward, and to then see critics commenting on this material without thinking — in some cases obviously without reading the book at all, just reacting in a Pavlovian (unthinking instinct) manner to the title. This is a five-star book. Yes, it has many weak-points but at root this is a patriotic book that is highlighting the criminal insanity of the totally corrupt federal government (all three branches), and the wanton destruction of the USA — of the middle class, of the blue collar master class, of the rising youth and declining old guys like myself, and of the veterans where suicide now kills more serving military in the field than combat action, and 22 veterans a day commit suicide at home in the USA.

I used to be a Reagan Republican. I broke with the Grand Old Party (GOP) when I realized it had sold out all of us, without exception, in favor of the Koch Brothers and their likes — and when I realized that because of this treason against the Republic, our media, our schools, our labor unions, are local city councils, our legislatures, were all dumbed down and drugged up. So I do NOT agree with the author on many of his own blind beliefs, but I respect the argument he is making and I would say that the question of secession — which I offset with my own emphasis on the need for Electoral Reform restoring the integrity of the US Government to include respect for the US Constitution, are the essential conversation we all need to have in the next two years.

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Oct 24

Owl: Dmitry Orlov on Ebola and Five Stages of Collapse — Financial, Commercial, Political, Social, Cultural

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

Dmitry Orlov on Ebola and the Five Stages of Collapse

Orlov is one of the best futurists writing on society collapse, having witnessed and personally experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union. His book, Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects http://www.amazon.com/Reinventing-Collapse-Experience-American-Prospects/dp/0865716854, is one of the best ever written in the collapse genre and necessary reading for anyone who is interested in this theme.

In 2008 he came up the a taxonomy of collapse, which he says occurs in 5 stages. The full article is here, http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2008/02/five-stages-of-collapse.html and he has a book on it too.

Below is a summary of his five stages of collapse:

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Oct 13

Jean Lievens: DonnieMaclurcan on Non-Profit Enterprises and a Sustainable Future

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Video: Donnie Maclurcan, on moving to not-for-profit enterprise models for a sustainable future

“What would a world filled with truly sustainable businesses look like? Join this thought-provoking session to hear how, according to Professor Donnie Maclurcan, not-for-profit enterprise will be at the heart of a sustainable future by 2050. Outlining research from Donnie’s forthcoming book with Jennifer Hinton, How on Earth, this presentation will explore what it takes to design for human flourishing on a finite planet.”

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Oct 10

Micah Sifry: Progressive Activism Frustrated by Lack of Tools — And Refusal to Share…

Micah Sifry

Micah Sifry

Transparency, Big Data and Internet Activism

Internet activism—and internet democracy—depend on accessible public meeting spaces online. So why are there so few of them?

By Micah L. Sifry

UTNE Reader, October 2014

Micah L. Sifry tackles the reasons progressive change has failed to manifest with the growth of the internet in The Big Disconnect (OR Books, 2014). Internet activism seemed like the wave of the future only two decades ago, but the Internet’s potential as a tool for progressive change has not quite given rise to sustained political mobilization and participation. The following excerpt from Part 4, “The Way We Look To Us All,” focuses on ways to create online public spaces that cater to internet democracy and internet transparency in ways current social media does not.

The Internet does not have to become one more means for mass marketing and manipulation. It can also transform civic life into something far more participatory, transparent, and engaging. And rather than just work as a tool for petitioning and protest that a few people use on behalf of much larger atomized groups of individuals, it can link problem-spotters with problem-solvers, and make everyday life better in myriad ways.

As Ami Dar, the founder of Idealist.org, a hub for listing volunteer service opportunities, likes to say, “Our problems are connected, but we are not.” That is, most people don’t know who lives near them, or what they may be thinking about important issues. The way Big Data now works, only the managers of giant data-streams have a comprehensive understanding of who is interested in what. For example, Google knows who is searching for terms that relate to the flu, and can use that information to build a model that predicts where outbreaks are taking place. It can even (and does) serve up useful medical advice for such search results.

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Oct 8