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The Reason There Is No Consumer Demand Is Simple

The reason there is no consumer demand is that there is nothing out there that will realistically save a lot of money over a long timeCars and houses won't do that and that is why they are on their way out as market driversMore sprawl and mcmansion imitations won't excite demand as they are cash cows already bloated beyond sustainabilityConventional education that costs in the tens of thousands for little or nada will not do it and education is pricing itself out of the marketBut the first person to build a cyber-city will become the next Gates Zukerberg whateverA cyber city will be safe because its matrix will exist like that of a huge stadium and will house and operate all of what used to be called plumbing in addition to the full recycling of everything within the cyber-cityA cyber city will integrate everything into kiosks for work, education and commerce and mix residence in with everything else more like a Medieval city than what we have nowThis approach will do the majo…

MLB should mind its own business

MLB Could Suspend A-Rod - The Daily Beast

I am glad the MLB has nothing better to do than follow up Star stories. I am glad the society has nothing better to do than gobble this up. But gambling is not a sin in itself. And drugs should be legalized. And even if you want to be straight laced, are we going to have yet another sports thingy where the thing cones down to whether a denial was true or not?

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We are not an urban world we are a sprawl world

Our world was made by the carIt it operates to the soundtrack of enginesIt is sprawl worldInterchange worldTraffic report worldDead worldWorld that no longer worksWorld that is soullessWorld that must change or perishWorld guided by the values of killing and deathOf lassitude and the craving for comfort at all costsWorld of blinking passivity and sad conformityThis picture is changing in every person of any ageWho resonates to the real meaning of the democratic revolution now in progressThe new world will be beyond sprawl  It already is
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Damned Right They Should Apologize

What were two Republicans thinking, calling Obama 'tar baby' and 'boy'? -

The truth is it is not race alone that fuels the bias and hate of the right It is the prospect of a world beyond superstition and the little brown church in the vale This transition is at bottom spiritual and it has to do with things as simple as this Is Jesus seen as the progenitor of democracy, tolerance and helpfulness Or is Jesus seen as the vanguard of "Western values" who will whip every last enemy of the Cross and otherwise save a select number who make of religion a going business concern Between these two poles are millions of nominal Christians How this group keens in the coming years will probably answer whether the language of these worthies is passe or merely par for the course Or whether the world incinerates itself or revalues values to conform with Abba's way

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The improvement of society is where recovery lies

Wall St slide continues; Dow plunges 400 points - CBS News

It is not just infrastructure that needs a makeover It is our society itself The exciting sign that is the sign of our times is not depression It is rebirth Rebirth of a society built less on consumption and glitz and more on the simple and enduring things A society beyond the constrictions of drugs and the vapidity of the nuclear family A society with more walking and less driving A society with more and more varied local businesses and services With more concentration of population With more attention to public amenities With design that stops treating people as objects and things The recovery must be society's recovery Does anyone see that

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Obama Nonviolent - When it Seems Not The Case

Obama, Violence and the Future - Associated Content from Yahoo! -

In the piece above I argue that the President could be our first Nonviolent Chief Executive That seems a stretch when we have commandoes on secret missions in over 100 countries But I am not sure he is not at least open to a turn toward a more realistic peace than we have imagined The alternative is no less thinkable now than it was when we thought Cold War thoughts It is in fact fraught with terror The answer lies in a vast revaluation of values Values are ontological elements of each human being They are where freedom is The only place where it is in terms of our conduct of life It is to values that we must look Nonviolence is not a value it is a characteristic like honor and courage A value is a mode of acting that issues in tangible results When the result is a nonbullying world it is because more and more people have learned tolerance, democracy and helpfulness and understand that these are universal withi…

I've always thought private enterprise should tackle Africa

I've always thought private enterprise should tackle AfricaI always thought it was the only hopeWhen I was there no one professed hopeThat was fifty years agoPrivate enterprise could enter into partnership with people and create paradisesThey could pioneer ecological solutionsThey could become the Club Worlds of TomorrowOur private enterprise is roughly synonymous with pusillanimous which means minimally weak of mind and spiritWe build to the micro not the macroWhen we build the macro we emulate the past with a patina of greenIt is laughableIt is obviousThe timidity and lack of vision of private enterprise shames our recent politicsWhen I see people forswear their humanitarian angst in favor of some Ayn Rand-scale thinking about things I will bestir myself to penitence for these remarks
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This can be said somewhat differently

Another Liar's Paradox | Ontological Anarchy: "'I am a liar' is a foundation for epistemology."

Anything that suggests that we live within a penumbra beyond which we can suppose but cannot see is satisfactory. The point being that nothing we say contains more than provisional veracity. The foundation of epistemology is logic or ontology - whatever you take for being the best starting point.

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Of course the tapes are made up your reasoning is spot on

Warren Jeffs: Child Sex Tapes and a Big Brother Cover-Up - The Daily Beast: "“People can make up anything! Remember the moon landing? We never landed on the moon. That was a government conspiracy they just conjured up to fool the American people.” "
Exactly! And those pigs can't even get clearance to land from the FAA because it doesn't exist anymore.

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Salmonella The Truth Will Out

Salmonella Surge Linked to Meat Giant - The Daily Beast

In a mass world where responsibility lies hidden and layered It is never nonexistent All who are responsible register their responsibility in the magnificent machinery Abba gives us We call it mind or brain Abba also lodges common sense and would seem to argue for Transparency Just in case the values that might create more safety Are being displaced by other values For we have the freedom to choose the values by which we live It is the most precious of freedom for it means we can say yes and can say no

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What in God's Name Are We Trying To Protect?

Our Commando War in 120 Countries: Uncovering the Military's Secret Operations In the Obama Era | | AlterNet
A moribund educational system? A moribund commitment to cars, sprawl, polarization and economic stratification? The Kochs? Our outlandish and unsafe commitment to building tall buildings? Our imagination, so it can return to actual use? Our unseemly and tacky reliance on drugs? Commandos in 120 countries? We are transforming our culture into something that nobody even knows the consequences of? We no longer think. We are experts in separate pods. We are lost if this is the wave of our future. We have no more intellectual overview. All the generalists are setting up obfuscatory courses and selling their philosophies.

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Why Education is Moribund

Education is moribund in nearly a thousand ways The categories of moribundity include warehousing of "students", impossible modes of instruction, bullying culture, massive failures and scale problems of prodigious scope Warehousing is a function of our sclerotic and reified cultural matrix which is auto-centric and doomed to expense itself out of capitalist possibility The impossible modes of instruction begin with the notion that one teacher fits all with all being an impossible number in most cases - education should begin and continue with the desires and interests of children as they grow and they should have the power to choose how they learn The bullying culture is reinforced by the notion that herding, with no options or escape, is a proper social objective - it also stems from the failure to teach democracy, tolerance and helpfulness or even to understand the ontological reality of these three active values Prodigious scale problems relate to our enslavement by sprawl due…