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Here's my Syrian prediction (which i sincerely hope is wrong).
I think that the US Congress is going to slap Obama much like Brittain’s PM Cameron got slapped by his people. In the mean time, private corporate funders are going to pay people to pay people to pay people to go and blow the shit out of Syria, at which point Obama (as the corporate/banking puppet) is going to say “It has now become clear that steps should have been taken to intervene. These atrocities could have been avoided, but internet misdirection turned the people of responsible governments against their governments. This makes the internet a threat, not only to the American people, but to millions of people living without the freedom of democracy. Such as the people of Iran who (list of bullshit propaganda about Iranian tyranny). For these reasons, steps are now being taken to shut down those sources of disinformation who’s actions led to the needless slaughter of (death toll of false flag operation). I have also decided that if America can not be called upon to help out those in need when they need it, then it is the responsibility of each nation to contribute to the stability of the global economy and as such we have begun talks about establishing a global peace-keeping force who will not be limited by the biases of any one nation.” The ‘hunt’ which is simply a process of systematically releasing names on a NSA list of flagged anti-american IP addresses, and then (il)legally seizing the assets of everyone officially attached to those addresses and if the global ‘peace-keeping force’ is established, prosecution and induction into the -now global- prison/industrial complex. And this will be the last step where ‘evidence’ will be ‘found’ justifying an invasion of Iran.
“Then came our Quantum theory, which totally transformed our image of matter. The old assumption that the microscopic world of atoms was simply a scaled-down version of the everyday world had to be abandoned. Newton’s deterministic machine was replaced by a shadowy and paradoxical conjunction of waves and particles, governed by the laws of chance, rather than the rigid rules of causality. An extension of the quantum theory goes beyond even this; it paints a picture in which solid matter dissolves away, to be replaced by weird excitations and vibrations of invisible field energy. Quantum physics undermines materialism because it reveals that matter has far less ‘substance’ than we might believe. But another development goes even further by demolishing Newton’s image of matter as inert lumps. This development is the theory of chaos, which has recently gained widespread attention.”— Paul Davies and John Gribbin, (The Matter Myth)
“People are not lacking for a desire to change, they are lacking for means. If we provide systems that encourage community oriented resource usage, then we serve the double purpose of creating community bonds, and reducing costs. If we combine a number of these systems into a single flexible framework, then any community can begin the conversion process, replacing what cannot be adapted as the means to do so becomes available. The problem, of course, is that this option is not being considered by centralized governments, because it does not further their power-base to do so.”—
As anti-capitalist protesters take to the streets, mathematics has teased apart the global economic network to show who’s really pulling the strings
will keep reposting this until it gets attention. It’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a systemic flaw. If you could get dolphins to go capitalist (not that dolphins are remotely stupid enough for that) you would find the same problem. Asymmetrical Information is self-perpetuating, like a feedback-loop of greed, and must eventually decline into fascist regimes.
“In the long run, capitalism is supposed to balance out as competitive self-interest reaches the realization that self-interest should align with common interest for sustainable purposes, eventually resulting in co-operative regimes with mutual self-interest, but the theory doesn’t account for the imbalances it causes in the real world, destabilizing the entire system of physical resources, and precluding the sustainable growth of intellectual resources long before a sustainable regime can be established.”—
Non-physical Resources, ie. Intellectual resources, are potentially infinite. If you have a stable and sustainable base of physical resources to support the human population that produces said intellectual resources, then I cannot think of an actual limit to how much we are able to generate.
However, physical resources are finite, but there is a fundamental misunderstanding going on here. Most of the resources we require for existence are extremely abundant (the scarcity paradigm that most people refer to speaks only of land and mineral resources when considering equal distribution). But the problem is not really resource abundance (it is a problem, but it is not the root cause of the problem, it is a symptom). The real problem is asymmetrical access to information.
The fact that those who own the means of production have greater access to information, allows them to leverage systemic measures to ensure that maximum benefit always lies with themselves.
In the long run, capitalism is supposed to balance out as competitive self-interest reaches the realization that self-interest should align with common interest for sustainable purposes, eventually resulting in co-operative regimes with mutual self-interest, but the theory doesn’t account for the imbalances it causes in the real world, destabilizing the entire system of physical resources, and precluding the sustainable growth of intellectual resources long before a sustainable regime can be established. It coerces people into sociopathic interactions of manipulating resource value perceptions, which most people are inherently incapable of. The cognitive dissonance of empathic individuals being asked to part-take in sociopathic interactions, will result in those individuals supporting any belief, irrational or not, that allows them to maintain a positive self-image throughout these interactions. And what is the result? a systemic 1% who firmly believe in Keynes and Von Mises, rationalizing the imbalance so obvious in the system with platitude concepts like trickle-down economics and free-market self-regulation, instead of addressing the root cause of the problem. Asymmetrical Information.
“If Producers, Suppliers and Retailers have costed properly, have a complete materials catalogue, and keep a firm track of all their suppliers, then theoretically, every single expense (including labour) will be accounted for in the product or service’s price. At the moment, that’s what cost price is supposed to be, but isn’t… Profit is a margin that is added on beyond what the business needs to perform the service it states it is there for. Profit serves PURELY to expand private property, and in a finite world, that means economically depriving someone else of property. Profit, therefore, is theft. And rhetoric beyond this point, even in the most abstract economic terms, can amount to little more than structural violence. In essence saying that capitalist economics lies at the very heart of the division so strong in contemporary society.”—
“There is no such thing as intelligence. It does not exist as a tangible physical concept or property. It is an emergent phenomena of social interaction, not an inherent property of the social players interacting.”—
“Be careful when using the word ‘is’. It sets the world in stone, not allowing for the spontaneous change we can actually observe in the universe. ‘Am’ is better, because it is a statement about the self and as such, only attempts to define the self, but are you frozen? In stasis? Use these words sparingly, and always keep in mind that at best, they can capture a particular moment.”—
I have observed on several occasions now, and have found certain truisms in the recognition that very few people are aware of the cognitive dissonance they experience for being good people in a bad system. It allows me to look past the superficial statements upholding the status quo, and to recognize the underlying empathic intent of these people so trapped by a system that capitalizes on their inability to reconcile their actions with their thoughts. Where does one turn, when everything is tainted by the toxicity of capital? It permeates the lives we live and dominates our interactions. It filters the way we view the world, and it limits our potential. Where does one turn when nothing we consider real, can be considered real?
The VIAAC transition model (http://viaac.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page) is an idea about how we, as an intentionally living humanity, can unite our existing real-world communities to change the world completely. It is an incomplete framework though, and needs your help. How can you help? Comment with an idea.
If you want a Resource Based Economy, or any other form of post-scarcity society, then you’ve sat dreaming of the ‘what-ifs’ that a free world could offer us all. This is your chance to propose a project, ANY PROJECT, existing or, to test aspects of a Resource Based Economy/Post-Scarcity/VIAAC.
Proposals (comments on this post, Posts hash-tagged #viaacprojects, or messages Directed to the VIAAC Communal Digital Economics facebook page, or my personal tumbl ask box) will be inserted into a pirate pad being customized to facilitate project development. Once the pirate pad goes live, all sorts of features will allow your idea to grow, evolve and be implemented. With your results assisting others to further develop the concepts that we all agree are likely to result in a Post-Scarcity Society.
You can suggest multiple projects, so try to be as creative as possible. Proposals are open to critique, so be as practical as possible. Practicality only goes so far, so be as rebellious as you like. Rebellion can’t last forever, so this post only has a one month shelf-life. And discussion is for the pirate pad page (once it’s live, updates will follow) so let’s keep try to keep it about creating the new, not destroying the old. Look forward to your comments “There are no bad ideas, only the incorrect application of ideas.” - Pieter de Beer(VIAAC Developer)
by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com The alternative media is justifiably abuzz with a story about the CDC deleting a page on their website admitting that as many as 98 million Americans received polio vaccines contaminated with the cancer-linked mo
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.
Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.
I'm a pantheist, so I try not to say anything about things that are esoteric in nature, as that makes me a hypocrite. However, there are limits. The tendency of the human brain to find patterns in the chaotic stimulus it receives, also known as Apophenia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apophenia ), is an evolutionary trait we picked up to help us survive in hostile conditions. (it is useful to be able to associate black and orange stripes among green foliage with the danger of a tiger) … I don’t see anything special about sacred geometry, other than the fact that they have focused and made sacred only a small portion of geometry, when the rest is absolutely fascinating, and equally beautiful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabi%E2%80%93Yau_manifold
For me it is about observable difference. The universe that includes ‘sacred geometry’ is absolutely identical to the universe that does not include it, except only for the inclusion, making the addition superfluous. It breaks no new mathematical ground that isn’t being covered by far more comprehensive mathematical fields, and it’s historic use for symbolism, makes it dangerous ground for teaching as a scientific tool, because it places undue emphasis on particular formulas and ratios, leading those who pursue it, to disregard the other mathematical tools at their disposal.
The celebration of Nelson Mandelaâs 95th birthday last week was overshadowed by the great leaderâs health problems and mounting political tensions. Mandela is more than a former president; he is the glue keeping the country together. Five Reflections on the Rainbow Nation.
a great article by a South African Ex-Pat, looking back at a struggling country.
I honestly believe the world’s problems are economic (except for discrimination, which I believe to be a natural result of tribalism, and which I think can be eradicated through the raising of cross-cultural awareness, which is impossible until history has been accurately re-stated), and that solutions that do not address the economic problem, are not solutions at all, or cannot work in the long-run, since they will eventually fall victim to the economic system.
Economy, is doing more with less. A definition equally applicable to intelligence, and technology. Starting to sound more like science than politics? Defintely more like science than religion…
The way I see it, once the technical issues (those preventing a functional economy from emerging, like money, copyrighting, patenting, private property, marketing, advertising,) have been solved, we will have plenty of time, and the right economy, to get on with all the other myriad of interest we have as a global society.