JZ Liszkiewicz: Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) – Financial Services Annex

JZ Liszkiewicz

JZ Liszkiewicz

Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) – Financial Services Annex

Today, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which covers 50 countries and 68.2% of world trade in services. The US and the EU are the main proponents of the agreement, and the authors of most joint changes, which also covers cross-border data flow. In a significant anti-transparency manoeuvre by the parties, the draft has been classified to keep it secret not just during the negotiations but for five years after the TISA enters into force.

Despite the failures in financial regulation evident during the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis and calls for improvement of relevant regulatory structures, proponents of TISA aim to further deregulate global financial services markets. The draft Financial Services Annex sets rules which would assist the expansion of financial multi-nationals – mainly headquartered in New York, London, Paris and Frankfurt – into other nations by preventing regulatory barriers. The leaked draft also shows that the US is particularly keen on boosting cross-border data flow, which would allow uninhibited exchange of personal and financial data.

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Oct 23

OSE Translator – Spanish – Sebastian Sepulveda

Categories: Spanish
Sebastian Sewpulveda

Sebastian Sepulveda

My name is Sebastián Sepúlveda a Spanish language and Literature teacher from Universidad de Chile, Santiago.

When I finished the four-year Literature degree, I started pedagogy studies while working in a secondary school. After obtaining my teacher credential, I continued working as a school teacher. I also started post-graduate studies at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Here, I began to improve my teaching ability using drama and acting techniques.

In the next three years, I had a regular job as a teacher in a private school. At the same time I attended literature workshops, enrolling in English courses which left little time for sports, to swim and my big passion, cycling! At the end of 2013, after tasting the routine, the ups and downs of a teacher’s life, I started to feel a little bit trapped by the system. It seemed to be overrun by the power of the unmovable structures. They don’t help the kids, instead stifling their growth, their minds, their futures. We need to change the system, but how? In the meantime, I’ve decided that it was time to learn about life. Nowadays I am travelling on bicycle around South America, trying to learn those things that academia cannot teach. Right now I am also contributing to a project entitled, HANDS AROUND SOUTH AMERICA.

OSE Manifesto in Spanish – Chapter 1

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Oct 23

Review: Swimming with Warlords

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Kevin Sites

4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read travelogue, some nuggets, some flaws, October 22, 2014

Previously I have reviewed, very favorably, two other books by this author, In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars and The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War. Both of those books were authentic works of genius and the true measure of the author.

This book is a quick-read double-spaced travelogue, some nuggets on corruption, suicide, humanity, but some severe flaws as well. Almost a three for lacking an index and getting some key facts wrong.

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Oct 22

Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

Salon Summary:

Never-before-published Isaac Asimov essay reveals the secret to true creativity

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To cultivate group creativity he believes the perfect human petri-dish is one of ease and relaxation:

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Oct 22

George Por: Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities – Introduction to the Design of the CI Enhancement Lab (CIEL)

George Por

George Por

Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities: Introduction to the Design of the CI Enhancement Lab (CIEL)

George Pór*

Director Community Intelligence, London, UK

The quality of collective intelligence flowing in and across systems communities of various disciplines, and the fragmentation or connectedness of their mental models of the world, shape their capacity to assist decision-makers and social movements in defining, mapping, and addressing the world problematique, by identifying policy options and anticipating their outcomes. In their current state of fragmentation, the systems sciences’ epistemic communities cannot provide that assistance. Upgrading their collective intelligence is a vital imperative. This paper is suggest the prototyping of a Collective Intelligence Enhancement Lab and describes its core idea as a platform with an innovation architecture that integrates social, electronic, cognitive, and inner technologies and processes.

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Oct 22

SchwartzReport: Amish Farmers Study Plant Immunology, Avoid Using Pesticides Completely

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

The failure of the industrial chemical agriculture and husbandry model is becoming increasingly evident. But just as alternatives to carbon energy are gaining momentum, so I hope an agriculture and husbandry alternative, such as that described in this report, takes hold and similarly replaces the chemicals and poisons.

Amish Farmers Study Plant Immunology, Avoid Using Pesticides Completely

EXTRACT

Samuel Zook, an Amish farmer recently explained to a reporter: “If you really stop and think about it, though, when we go out spraying our crops with pesticides, that’s really what we’re doing. It’s chemical warfare, bottom line.” His frustration led him to the writings of an 18-year old Amish farmer from Ohio, named John Kempf. This young upstart is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm the farmer established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture.

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Oct 22

OSE Manifesto in Spanish – Chapter 1

Sebastian Sewpulveda

Sebastian Sewpulveda

The OSE Manifesto is being translated into Chinese, French, and Spanish. Here is the first chapter in Spanish.

Capítulo 1: “Ábrete Sésamo”

Translated by Sebastian Sepulveda

“Fuente-Abierta Total” es un concepto filosófico y cultural que es esencial para la creación de un mundo próspero y en armonía, un mundo que funcione con un 100% de humanidad. Como sabemos, la formación industrial del Estado, las compañías y la Iglesia, no cubren todas nuestras necesidades; son exclusivas más que inclusivas, jerárquicas en vez de igualitarias. Fomentan la corrupción y permiten una indignante concentración de riqueza en manos de unos pocos. Al margen de esta atrocidad ética, una concentración de tal naturaleza desestabiliza cualquier economía; ésta se vuelve disfuncional y la semilla de la economía, Nosotros el Pueblo, el 90%, terminamos siendo devorados por lo que es en esencia un hongo moral, un cáncer, engendrado por el 1%.

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Oct 21