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Beyond Pattern Language: Cyber City Distribution

Beyond Pattern Language: Cyber City Distribution: "Cyber City Distribution"

Cyber cities should be built along routes of existing interstates. A cyber city is approximately ten stadium sized cyber communities of 10K persons each. These will be built as eco-sustainable car free communities that combine work, commerce, recreation and residence. Lego-like units built with the care now lavished on cars will become the new, mass-produced, custom elements of cyber cities. Click the link above for more.

An odd sort of honor

The Complete History of Adam Panflick: "It is well worth asking whether any American with the history of Adam Panflick might lay claim — merely by living, absent any specific achievement — to an odd sort of honor, one shared by the likes of the great Quixote, the valiant Falstaff and even that enduring composite of the celebrated gambler Dostoevsky, the Karamazovs!"


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This is a poor excuse for real justice

USA: Victim turned activist reflects on landmark domestic violence decision | Amnesty International:

It may be landmark but as long as we have a Supreme Court that will give the nation to George Bush and myriad resulting deaths while not being willing to come to the aid of a woman with three murdered children, we will be appalled regularly. Another reason to support Barack Obama in 2012.

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Here's a poll I like but what is any poll worth these days?

82% of Obama Voters Will Vote To Reelect Him If He Raises Taxes On The Rich - Digg: "politicususa.com — A new survey of Obama voters by Survey USA found that by a margin of 82%-18% they are more likely to support him again in 2012 if he raises taxes on the rich. The good news for Obama is that 66% of those who voted for him in 2008 approve of his handling of the economy compared to 27% who disapprove."


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Finally the Daily Beast Comes forth With Economic Good Sense

Jobs Report and Fixing the Crumbling Market - The Daily Beast: "And the fiction that we are all in this together is a further impediment. We have a serious employment problem in the United States that is not a product of economic cycles, but changing economies and global commercial system knit together by technology that privileges capital and only rewards labor if you are in the emerging world. There is an underclass (a word not much used in America since the 1960s) of tens of millions of people in the United States who are on the short end of that stick. Unless that is specifically acknowledged and addressed, “jobs creation” is likely to be a will-o’-the-wisp."

So let this underclass build and populate new cyber cities and they will be like Tom Sawyer painting the fence.


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Oh and by the way here is what the President has done FOR the environment

Cleaner Air and a Stronger Economy – A Record of Success | The White House: "Over the last two and a half years, the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps forward to protect the public health of American families by reducing harmful air pollution. Taken together, the Administration’s clean air achievements will produce enormous benefits for public health and the environment – while promoting the nation’s continued economic growth and well-being. "
Just in case it gets drowned out in universal complaint.

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Obama is sadly on the side of big oil but he is not their slave

Obama Asks EPA to Withdraw Ozone Rules - Bloomberg: "“This sudden admission by President Obama that ill- considered regulations do, in fact, have a negative impact upon our economy is a welcome breakthrough,” Representative Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a statement. His committee is scheduled to vote on measures to scuttle two other EPA proposals next week."
Sad when these things happen but as I have insisted, there is a fail-safe way to reduce pollution. Environmentalists could stop yelling at the President and start building car free cyber cities. Once the advantage is seen we greet the arrival of the 100th monkey.


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Nice take on Perry Bush 3 " Insincerity radiated from him."

Bill Boyarsky: Republicans Put Wars Ahead of People - Bill Boyarsky's Columns - Truthdig: "Perry also spoke to the VFW meeting, held in San Antonio. I saw the whole speech, thanks to the Texas Tribune website. He is, by the way, a surprisingly uncharismatic speaker, somewhat flat except when he talked about the troops who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. He looked toward heaven at that point, his voice becoming funereal. Insincerity radiated from him."


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In what sense do Veblen's barbarians differ from our oil moguls?

The Theory of the Leisure Class: I: "In such a predatory group of hunters it comes to be the able-bodied men's office to fight and hunt. ... Their aggressive assertion of force and sagacity differs obviously from the women's assiduous and uneventful shaping of materials; it is not to be accounted productive labour but rather an acquisition of substance by seizure. Such being the barbarian man's work, in its best development and widest divergence from women's work, any effort that does not involve an assertion of prowess comes to be unworthy of the man. "
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Right and all this means is the corps love Rick

FOX Poll: Bachmann Getting Hammered By Perry's Surge In Polls | TPMDC: "FOX News came out with a new poll Thursday evening that confirmed the numbers from other polls showing Texas Gov. Rick Perry shooting to the top of the GOP field in the race for the party's presidential nomination. Unfortunately for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), it seems that much of Perry's success is coming at her loss."

We are going to see the face off of corporations and the people and may the people finally, at last, win!

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Katia stay away from my door, per favor

The next Atlantic hurricane: Hurricane Katia becomes category 1 storm: "Hurricane Katia, upgraded from a tropical storm overnight, hovered about 1,700 miles southeast of Bermuda on Thursday morning, the Christian Science Monitor reports. With winds topping out at about 75 mph, it’s a Category 1 hurricane for now, though experts believe it could eventually reach Category 3. A hurricane specialist told USA Today it’s too early to say whether it will strike the United States."
Let's put it this way. This is one streak we don't need.

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Time we thought about how we stir things

Physicists capture microscopic origins of thinning and thickening fluids: "ScienceDaily (Sep. 1, 2011) — In things thick and thin: Cornell physicists explain how fluids -- such as paint or paste -- behave by observing how micron-sized suspended particles dance in real time. Using high-speed microscopy, the scientists unveil how these particles are responding to fluid flows from shear -- a specific way of stirring."

This stirs me up.

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I'm quitting AT&T

AT&T bought more than 700 copies of Rick Perry’s book | The Raw Story: "The Dallas-based telecommunications giant AT&T bought more than 700 copies of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, as part of a fundraising event arranged by the American Legislative Exchange Council in December 2010."

Stand up for your rights - Marley.

Including the right not to pay ATT money to enable it to promote secession, homophobia and other Texan excrescences. Best to move to Big Bend and consume bbq all day to expunge this nonsense from your mind. Or write Fear and Loathing in Dallas.
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The notion of OK and not OK is binary and irrelevant to integral psychology

Wholesome Guide to Misbehaving | Psychology Today: "Misbehaving, or acting in ways we'd normally deem improper, can be good for our souls. It can boost our mood, leave us with a sense of liberation, get our creative juices flowing, and make for great memories. Although some people may misbehave too often, or even construct truly transgressive "double" lives, the rest of us are often overly fearful about breaking behavioral boundaries."



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It was bubonic all along

Black Death Confirmed as Bubonic Plague: "The Black Death that decimated the population of Europe in the 14th century was definitely caused by bubonic plague, a DNA analysis of medieval bones has shown.

While some researchers have suggested the epidemic was in fact caused by a virus such as Ebola, the analysis of DNA from a London plague burial has confirmed the "plague" bacterium Yersinia pestis was responsible, NewScientist.com reported Tuesday."

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Given the state of the GOP Powell will have no problem making up his mind

Don't Read Too Much Into His Comment About 2012 Race, Powell Says : It's All Politics : NPR: "Though he said this week that he hasn't decided who he'll vote for in the 2012 presidential race, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said today that shouldn't be seen as some sort of message about his opinion of President Obama — the Democrat who Republican Powell famously endorsed in 2008."
2012 is about making the writing on the wall legible. It will say big corporations are not your friends. In a democracy, balance between government and personal enterprise rule. Voting is how it works.



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The creaky wheels of justice turneth and where do they end up

NYT: US set to sue banks over bad mortgages - Business - US business - The New York Times - msnbc.com: "Private holders of mortgage securities are already trying to force the big banks to buy back tens of billions in soured mortgage-backed bonds, but this federal effort is a new chapter in a huge legal fight that has alarmed investors in bank shares. In this case, rather than demanding that the banks buy back the original loans, the finance agency is seeking reimbursement for losses on the securities held by Fannie and Freddie."

It's cheaper to buy politicians than pay the piper. We should calibrate suspicions of likely criminality with the size of political contributions.
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McClatchy blows the whistle on the Chamber of Commerce

Regulations, taxes aren't killing small business, owners say | McClatchy: "When it's asked what specific regulations harm small businesses _which account for about 65 percent of U.S. jobs — the Chamber of Commerce points to health care, banking and national labor. Yet all these issues weigh much more heavily on big corporations than on small business."
The bottom line is that government is only the culprit if you are a big corporation. Big corporations should worry. They are bubbles and are digging their own grave.
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Follow the money at Maplight

Faster FOIA Act of 2011 - Senate Vote: On the Motion to Table (Motion to Table the Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to S. 627) | Campaign Contributions By Vote | MAPLight.org - Money and Politics:
How many times did GOP donations from interest groups exceed donations to progressives and Democrats? Here's a drill down example. You don't think votes are bought? The only time this is superseded is when an issue becomes a wave.
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