David Brin: An Unstable World? NOT WORRIED — Starting with Russia…

David Brin

David Brin

An Unstable World? Part One: Russia

Some folks have lately asked why I seem so calm, when every week brings news of yet another brewing disaster, with the world apparently spinning into chaos. So much for Francis Fukayama’s famous line – around 1990 – that the rapid and unstoppable spread of liberal democracy would soon bring an “end of history.”

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Oct 21

Anthony Judge: Systemic Equivalences between Ebola, Alien Invasion and Dissidence – Strategic implications of seemingly disparate forms of terrorism

Anthony Judge

Anthony Judge

Systemic Equivalences between Ebola, Alien Invasion and Dissidence

Strategic implications of seemingly disparate forms of terrorism

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Oct 21

Jean Lievens: Nora McDevitt on Living in the 21st Century – The Sharing Economy, Peer to Peer, Climate Change, and The Last 5 Billion

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Living in the 21st Century: The Sharing Economy, Peer to Peer, Climate Change, and The Last 5 Billion

EXTRACT

This fast-moving, transformative, technological revolution will continue to unseat the old paradigm in ways that we have only begun to fathom. The old model of leadership enforces a top-down paradigm, and coined by Shepard Fairley as “Obey,” is crumbling. Unlike the industrial era, under this new model we create lateral networks. We are living at the dawn of a new era. While it will bring with it a unique set of problems, challenges and difficulties to overcome, it marks a shift into a new epoch in human evolution.

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Graphic: Epoch B Swarm Leadership

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Oct 21

Review (Guest): Pay Any Price – Greed, Power, and Endless War

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James Risen

5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than His Last One – Imagine What He’ll Write From Prison, October 14, 2014

By David Swanson

When New York Times report James Risen published his previous book, State of War, the Times ended its delay of over a year and published his article on warrantless spying rather than be scooped by the book. The Times claimed it hadn’t wanted to influence the 2004 presidential election by informing the public of what the President was doing. But this week a Times editor said on 60 Minutes that the White House had warned him that a terrorist attack on the United States would be blamed on the Times if one followed publication — so it may be that the Times’ claim of contempt for democracy was a cover story for fear and patriotism. The Times never did report various other important stories in Risen’s book.

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Oct 21

Howard Rheingold: 12 Informaton Tools

Categories: IO Tools
Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold

Again, this is from the productivity world, and infotention has an important core related to attention — not just tools, not just efficiency, but awareness and metacognition — but I know that at least a couple of these tools help me handle my info-flow (I use Slack and Skitch regularly)

12 Tech Tools Productivity Experts Can’t Live Without

LIST ONLY: 1. Android Wear   .   2. Post-It Plus   .   3. Sunrise   .   4. USKAPE   .   5. Slack   .   6. NOISLI   .   7. Jamie’s To Do   .   8. Eternity Time Log   .   9. Alarmed   .   10.  Timeful   .   11. Paperkarma  .   12. Skitch

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Oct 21

Stephen E. Arnold: Big Data 43 Ways

Categories: IO Impotency
Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Big Data Defined 43 Ways

A happy quack to the reader who alerted us to “”What Is Big Data?” The write up consists of 43 definitions provided by luminaries in a variety of fields. If you are in search of enlightenment with regard to Big Data, navigate to the story and dig in.

I found a couple of definitions interesting. Let me highlight Daniel Gillick’s and Hal Varian’s. Both are hooked up with Google, one of the big time big data outfits.

Mr. Gillick says:

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Oct 21

SchwartzReport: Charter Education, Public Dollars, Ideological Outcomes

Categories: 04 Education
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

The Charter School Movement, whatever it might have intended in the beginning, has become something of a racket. Like all privatization movements it is about finding a way to tap the public treasury to make profit. Unfortunately, what it was supposed to deliver has not panned out — improved education for children.  Note particularly the involvement of the Koch brothers. For close to a decade they have been exploring ways to use their money to bias the education of children to their worldview on the theory that if they can get them young they can mold them to support the policies they espouse.

How Public Education Dollars Are Flowing Into For-Profit Companies

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Oct 21