Squares are hip

February 16, 2011 § 4 Comments

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Individual civilians and their freedom and liberties are no longer at the top of the pyramid, having been replaced by a self serving political class using government functions and institutions to enlarge, entrench, and enrich itself.

Earmark abuse, favorable campaign finance laws, excessive political function benefits, bonuses and perks (through corporate contributions), bailing out banks, confiscating large amounts of public wealth and income via taxes and inflation, and a general low priority for the needs and desires of a country’s civilians.

An idea who’s time has come. It’s So Hip to Be Square. Here, There and Everywhere!

Greater numbers

January 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Human Rights

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Corporations have constraints. Supposedly, those constraints would limit most abuses such as low wages, environmental disasters, monopolistic Muhhahahaaa!-I’m-conquering-the-world plots, and such expressions of self interest at the expense of others and contexts. There are exceptions, but overall it works.

The recent information released through Wikileaks and other such sites, seem to indicate these exceptions are the general case.
Are the constraints wishful thinking? Truisms?

Technology enabling user generated webs

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Artificial Intelligence II

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Things like “Web 1.0“, “Web 2.0” are evolutionary memes. Memes are almost always a “marketing hype”, but they tend to catch on if they capture enough of the zeitgeist.

The Web 2.0 concept moves internet users from a position of passenger to a position of participant.

And there has been and is lots of talk of web 3.0. What zeitgeist bit can that relate to?

Notice and take down

November 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Suppose you lead a small and flat organisation that delivers internet services as middle man. Suppose you lead an ISP. People can take each others place in your organisation. People are quite capable and the organisation is flexible. But overall your company or aggregate uses a variable pattern and now and then you have to put out fires.

Western “knowledge is power” political mindsets desire a grip on the internet, and to regulate the flow of information and knowledge. New regulations appear from the political above as if “live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking dead horse behind” is motto. And each new regulation could potentially ignite some new fire. The latest in this never ending story is Notice-And-Take-Down

Energy folds

October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Russia cuts off natural gas to Eastern Europe: Russia would enter a deep dispute with Eastern European nations, in particular Ukraine, and cuts off the flow of natural gas. Disputes center on return to the Russian fold from the independent factions encouraged by the Untied States motivated by the many Color Revolutions. Caught in the middle, at the end of the distribution lines, is Central Europe, whose ties forged by Germany to Russia remain healthy and strong. Russia later forges an alliance with Central Europe that results in some stability, as it becomes clear that Russia has come of age as a peacemaker with further ramifications in time. (chance: 50%) – 2010: Giant Gathering Storm Clouds

Any Russia–Ukraine gas dispute refers to a number of disputes between Ukrainian oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy and Russian gas supplier Gazprom over natural gas supplies, prices, and debts in the first decade of this new century.

A surge on EMP attacks!

September 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Venus Bathing in the Electromagnetic Pulse

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Apparently, there is a surge in the media on potential EMP attacks:

“An EMP Attack could be more damaging than an Nuke Bomb”, “Severe Danger to U.S. of EMP Attack”, “EMP Attack: Only 30 Million Americans Survive, and “EMP Attack Would Decimate America”, “EMP could leave ‘9 out of 10 Americans dead'”. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Is it a distraction? Or is the threat real? Or is it spin doctors?

High time for some verification and validation

Is Moscow preparing for some kind of “strategic event”?

September 6, 2010 § 3 Comments

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As these words are written, Moscow is preparing for some kind of “strategic event.” The Russian navy has begun to aggressively hunt American, French and British ballistic missile submarines.

Time may be running short.

via What’s Past is Prologue | FINANCIAL SENSE.

Thank you JD. Using universal emotions for validation, and public knowledge for verification …

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