Berto Jongman: Ebola, Contagion, Coupled Catastrophes

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Ebola West Africa: Cuba leads way on medical effort

Cuba is now the biggest single provider of healthcare workers to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, more than the Red Cross or richer nations, the World Health Organization says.

Social Unrest as Contagion

I think our understanding of those ostensibly more political forms of collective action suffers when we make our causal narratives too tidy and ignore the forces that also produce these other kinds of outbursts.

Coupled catastrophes: sudden shifts cascade and hop among interdependent systems

We conclude by showing that this “hopping” phenomenon, which is absent from classic models of cascades, may have occurred in the Arab Spring protests, according to Facebook and telephone linkages across borders.

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Oct 23

Schwartz Report: Increase of US Secession Votes

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This story presents yet another facet of The Great Schism Trend. There are now three states with state splitting movements. This, I think, results from the fact that Theocratic Rightists don’t govern based on facts, and those who have to deal in the real world are desperate to start preparing for what they see coming.

South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea

EXTRACT

One small city in South Florida is willing to secede from the state if it means the threat of sea level rise will finally be taken seriously.

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Oct 23

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

Berto Jongman: Pedophilia at the Highest Levels Including Law Enforcement — The “Untouchables”

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Operation Yewtree: New Sex Abuse Suspects are ‘Untouchable’ Senior Policemen and Politicians

The names of at least 12 public figures, including policemen and politicians, have been passed on to police investigating claims of historic sexual abuse.

Investigative reporter Mark Williams Thomas passed on the names to officers working under Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police inquiry investigating sex abuse allegations in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Thomas, who two years ago helped expose Savile as one of the most prolific paedophiles in British history by presenting a documentary first highlighting his abuse, said the new claims involve some “very powerful” people who are alleged to have committed sex abuse crimes between the 1950s and 1980s.

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Oct 7

SchwartzReport: 25% US Citizens Support Secession & Break-Up of USA + Meta-RECAP

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Twenty five per cent of Americans are open to secession and the break up of the United States. To this add that better than 3 out of 4 Americans are unhappy. And that 64 per cent can’t even name the three branches of government. This is a country in crisis.

Angry With Washington, 1 in 4 Americans Open to Secession
Reuters/The Raw Story

The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

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Sep 20

Yoda: US Constitution Now an App

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

The Washington Times launches U.S. Constitution app for smartphones, tablets

The Washington Times on Wednesday launched a smartphone and tablet app celebrating the U.S. Constitution and other important founding documents as part of a nationwide project to empower schools, parents and community leaders to teach constitutional literacy to the newest generation of Americans.

The Washington Times’ Pocket Constitution App, developed in partnership with the nonprofit Essentials in Education, is debuting on the 10th anniversary of Constitution Day, a national holiday created through the efforts of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia Democrat, and signed into law by President George W. Bush.

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See Especially:

Review: Liberty Defined–50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom

Review: The Thirteen American Arguments–Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country

See Also:

Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Democracy Lost & Found

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Sep 17

Patrick Cockburn: Letter from Arabia — ISIS is the Lesser of All Evils — And Most Certainly Less Evil Than an Invading Occupying USA…

Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn

The Impossible War

Isis cannot be beaten as long as there is civil war in Syria

BY PATRICK COCKBURN

CounterPunch • SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

A letter printed at the bottom of this article was emailed by a friend soon after her neighbourhood in Mosul was hit by Iraqi airforce bombers. This was some hours before President Barack Obama explained his plan to weaken and ultimately destroy Isis, which calls itself Islamic State, by a series of measures including air attacks. The letter illustrates graphically one of the most important reasons why American air power may be less effective than many imagine.

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Sep 15