Daily Archives: April 15, 2017

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A significant first step has been taken toward understanding the physics of what causes a shoelace to unravel during day-to-day use ….

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0412/What-makes-a-knot-strong-Scientists-have-figured-out-how-your-shoelaces-untie-themselves 

[Ed.: If we can get society to invest the same degree of interest and research into understanding why some people are always getting their underwear into a knot, we might make some progress….]

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source of featured graphic: tapas

http://culinaryunderground.com/2017/couples-night-tapas/ 

music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oguhFPxrypg

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deep state

Men behind the curtain?

Men who control the government and its policies from the outside?

Men who have immunity from prosecution?

Men who tell presidents what to do?

Men who can hide in plain sight? Men who don’t need to be elected to public office? Men who can laugh at their critics and call them conspiracy theorists and purveyors of fake news? Men who can determine financial and banking policy? Men who can set up corporate tribunals that nullify national courts? Men who can set virtually any national policy agenda they want to?

If an honest press existed, all this would be out in the open by now.

If, as many people are now saying, the CIA and NSA and neocons are the unelected Deep State, then the people I’m talking about would be the Deep, Deep State.

Read on.

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/want-to-understand-the-deep-state-here-is-your-deep-deep-state/ 

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Unusually worded, multi-billion dollar drone services contract possibly points to a new, shadowy unmanned aircraft—and a lot of them.

By Joseph Trevithick

https://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/us-govt-authorizes-17-year-contract-for-huge-super-secret-drone-project-near-death-valley/ 

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artificial intelligence

“… A chapter of Dennett’s latest book, From Bacteria to Bach and Back, an encyclopedic treatise on consciousness, suggests that a natural part of the evolution of intelligence itself is the creation of systems capable of performing tasks their creators do not know how to do. 

“The question is, what accommodations do we have to make to do this wisely—what standards do we demand of them, and of ourselves?” ….”

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604087/the-dark-secret-at-the-heart-of-artificial-intelligence 

via

https://snuffysmithsblog.blogspot.com 

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totalitarianism

Data has become the tail that wags the dog; and we are pets, not free individuals in this configuration. And things are growing Darker.

[…” it’s pretty creepy….”]

TruthStream Media

http://truthstreammedia.com 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQmIPK7DQh8

17 minutes

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mega-cities

“… brutal and anarchic supercities filled with gangs of youth-gone-wild, a restive underclass, criminal syndicates, and bands of malicious hackers. At least that’s the scenario outlined in “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a five-minute video that has been used at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University….”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEPdOZbyzbw

[5 minutes]

More here: 

http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/04/pentagon-video-warns-of-unavoidable-dystopian-future-for-world’s-biggest-cites.html 

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Dr. Russell Glenn, Australian National University, presents, “Megacities: The Good; The Bad and the Ugly” during the 2016 Megacity Mad Scientist Conference at Arizona State University April 21-22, 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgWm9BOVT3E&t=66s 

[51 minutes]

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A related 67-minute panel discussion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWjRqaPlpiI

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“I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth,” says global strategist Parag Khanna. As our expanding cities grow ever more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks, we evolve from geography to what he calls “connectography.” This emerging global network civilization holds the promise of reducing pollution and inequality — and even overcoming geopolitical rivalries. In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future: “Connectivity is destiny.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_y5gbEQPvw 

[21 minutes, a TED Talk]

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trans-humanism

https://godsandradicals.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/trumpflag.png 

“… Are you ready for the cycle of reincarnation to be effectively closed for the first time in the history of the human species? …”

https://godsandradicals.org/2017/04/11/what-the-wealthys-quest-for-immortality-means-for-you/ 

[Ed.: An important read about life and death, trahsumanism, Silicon Valley, wealth, technology, and more.]

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Via Jesse’s Cafe Americain blog,

In 2012 I said that such unsustainable social arrangements as we have now are backed by force and fraud. And as the fraud loses its power over time, force must increase, until there is a correction of the system in genuine reform, or an eventual reset.

The whole world wants to know about what the hell is happening with us. So let’s talk about it. I live in Washington now, and the people I live among have no idea how people live here in the Midwest, not the faintest idea…

The last couple of years here in America have been a time of brisk prosperity according to official measurements, with unemployment down and the stock market up.

For Americans who work for a living however, nothing ever seems to improve. Wages do not grow, median household income is still well below where it was in 2007. Economists have a way of measuring this, they call it the ‘labor share of the Gross National Product’ as opposed to the share taken by stockholders. The labor share of Gross National Product’ hit its lowest point since records were started in 2011, and then it stayed there right for the next couple of years.

In the fall of 2014, with the stock market hitting an all time high, a poll showed that nearly 3/4 of the American public believed that the economy was still in recession, because for them it was.

There was time when average Americans could be counted upon to know correctly whether the country was going up or down, because in those days when America prospered, the American people prospered as well. These days things are different.

Let’s look at it in a statistical sense. If you look at it from the middle of the 1930’s (the Depression) up until the year 1980, the lower 90 percent of the population of this country, what you might call the American people, that group took home 70 percent of the growth in the country’s income. If you look at the same numbers from 1997 up until now, from the height of the great Dot Com bubble up to the present, you will find that this same group, the American people, pocketed none of this country’s income growth at all.

Our share of these great good times was zero, folks. The upper ten percent of the population, by which we mean our country’s financiers and managers and professionals, consumed the entire thing. To be a young person in America these days is to understand instinctively the downward slope that so many of us are on.

Thomas Frank, Kansas City Missouri, 6 April 2017

 

 

What shall we blame for the manner in which our economic system has gone wrong? Or will any with a public podium even admit it has gone wrong? After all, what is truth?

Is it the failure of working people to rise to the occasion and elevate the ‘lesser of two evils’ to power so that she might further enrich herself and her supporters, whose disappointment and outrage at a missed payday knows no bounds?

Is it the impersonal forces of technology, and trade, and all of the superficially structured but high sounding economic laws that have served to promote almost every abuse of the public good that has been suffered for the past thirty years?

Or perhaps it is time for people of conscience to stop standing idly by while a powerful few are serving themselves the most of our gains, at great cost to others, and to break the silence about where we have gone wrong, and what is needed to be done to correct it.

“And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak.  We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.”

-Martin Luther King, 4 April 1967

 

“The problem of the last three decades is not the ‘vicissitudes of the marketplace,’ but rather deliberate actions by the government to redistribute income from the rest of us to the one percent. This pattern of government action shows up in all areas of government policy.”

-Dean Baker

 

“When the modern corporation acquires power over markets, power in the community, power over the state and power over belief, it is a political instrument, different in degree but not in kind from the state itself. To hold otherwise — to deny the political character of the modern corporation — is not merely to avoid the reality. It is to disguise the reality. The victims of that disguise are those we instruct in error.”

-John Kenneth Galbraith

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-12/thomas-frank-america-age-hypocrisy-hubris-and-greed 

 

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My blogs, especially http://boydownthelane.com, have often featured discussions about creativity and about coaching, starting with my own entry-level efforts in performance psychology with Summon The Magic, then the presentation of the “Je Ne Sais Quoi” virtual online symposium featured top-drawer coaches and leaders, then a recent look at the field of coaching and some of the issues, characteristics and opportunities it represents.  

Here now is Jon Rappaport’s post on his availability to consult with people around the issue of their creative expression.

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/my-personal-consulting-services-creative-solutions/

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“We’re finding that aesthetic images can induce staggering changes to the body, including radical reductions in the observer’s stress levels” [The Conversation]. The story hook is fractals, and fractals are cool, but the effect of aesthetics is my takeaway. “The impact of nature’s aesthetics is surprisingly powerful. In the 1980s, architects found that patients recovered more quickly from surgery when given hospital rooms with windows looking out on nature. Other studies since then have demonstrated that just looking at pictures of natural scenes can change the way a person’s autonomic nervous system responds to stress.”

Seen at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/04/200pm-water-cooler-4132017.html