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The Road We've Traveled - YouTube

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Whenever you have any question whether we have greatness in the White House, watch this.
Whenever you see an ad from the GOP PACs subtly seeking to discredit the President, watch this film.
Whenever you have any question about how difficult it will be to keep positive change happening, listen to Tom Hanks and consider how awful it would be to lose momentum.
Then go out and work and vote and celebrate democracy as our best defense against tyranny and our only defense against injustice.
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Cyber-community 101 - Lesson Four

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Cyber-community 101 - Lesson Four
A cyber-community must contain most elements we associate with urban life
The cyber age reclaims the country and re-casts the city so its positive aspects are available to all The crime aspects of the city are minimized by  two realities
Cyber-communities are diverse by design Therefore their inhabitants are there by choice not necessity That enables a more neighborly sense Cyber-communities in their concentration and walkability are vastly easier to police than either city or sprawl areas It would be understood for example that public space is secure  by consent of all and that private space is private
All the aspects of a city are scaled to a population of up to 10,000 Small theaters - 24/7 multi purpose venues Commercial outlets - mainly kiosks connected to global enterprises enabling pin-point access to all products everywhere Smaller and more nimble education…

Cyber-community 101 - Lesson Three

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 A cyber-community must be dense enough to enable growth of a viable local economy
Why is this so
In the United States we suffer from  too much dispersion in rural areas No local economy can thrive there
In our metro areas a combination of zoning and concentration inhibits the growth of natural economies
A reasonable density for a viable local  economy is between 5,000 and 10,000 Such populations can support local versions of commercial residential cultural educational health and recreational facilities
These can be staffed by local people
A viable local economy will need in the future to generate its own energy When a community is dense enough  and is free of most or all automobile traffic it can develop new ways of energy generation even including energy generated by human activity

Koch Funny Business in Ohio's Academe

Charles Koch + Roger Ailes = Ohio University? | AlterNet: "In the case of Ohio University, the full extent of Koch’s donations to the George Washington Forum isn’t known. But we do know that Koch specifically underwrote a talk the Forum hosted by John Yoo, author of the Bush torture memos (belying Charles and his brother David’s claims that their ideological activism is restricted to economic issues). We also know that through the Forum, the Charles Koch Foundation awards grants to students “interested in studying free market ideas” under an OU professor who researches conservative politics and economics. S"

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OUTTAKES: Shake 'n Bake

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End of oil End of economy End of food End of car End of currency End of debt End of everything Not an apocalypse Coming reality



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Time to dust off some speculative fiction

The World Beyond Cars - speculative fiction: "Bellingham got up early. He never failed to notice the play in the surface below his feet when he got up in the morning. Footsteps now could contribute to the powering of the world. Each step he took on the thin surface - what was once the floor but which was now all sides of all spaces - activated tiny sensors that cumulatively created energy. Outside on the walkway the same play existed. The strength of the surface exceeded that of what used to be called walls. Soundproof. Fireproof. Replaceable. They came from a plant that once made automobiles."
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It doesn't need to be an apocalypse with masses running in the streets and closeups of mouths open in horror We could reason together and conclude that oil will surely end in the lifespan of our grandchildren if not before We could start to think apply our minds to how we might proceed The most unthinkable thought we need to think is that we could actually a…

Michael, I am sure Dylan will do vastly more than look back

OUTTAKES: "My sources suggest that the forthcoming Bob Dylan album may well include a song about the Titanic: a song that is about 14 minutes long. I know no more - and I can't really “know" even that much. But if it turns out to be true, it's surely a very rare example of his releasing something to tie in so handily with the centenary of a famous event."

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This is marvelous as someone said in another connection


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As soon as people realize that they are something

As soon as people realize that they are something
and understand that any divinity that ever was or is
is within them
they will look at the world with new eyes
and at each day as a day that they can make happen
and begin to build a world beyond them
that they can effect with
the movements of their body-minds
so that eventually
they will not look out and say what is that
because that will be something they use
that creates what they need
sustainable energy
for the taking
generated by
me and thee

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Could Facebook Have Made Up A World of Its Own Could It Still

As Facebook's Stock Struggles, Fingers Start Pointing - NYTimes.com: "As shares of the social network tumbled in their second day of trading, bankers, investors and analysts wondered what had gone wrong with the initial public offering of Facebook, the most highly anticipated technology debut in years."
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There is a new world waiting to be born And Facebook might have been more of a midwife Had it not followed suit so much Straight into the arms of the money folk Who brought and still are bringing us the death throes Of financialization The creation of nothing from nothing The something is a world in which people become Their own energy sources Such a stupendous growth would be worth Liking and Sharing



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Romney embraces the neo-cons be very afraid

The National Memo » Dick Cheney To Host Fundraiser For Romney: "Fomer Vice President Dick Cheney will host a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at his Jackson Hole, Wyoming home, in an effort to win over Bush loyalists who have yet to open up their checkbooks for the Republican nominee."
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An opera about now might well be called Mitt Romney and the Neo-cons Mitt Romney loves the neo-cons like Bush 2 loved Cheney The neo-cons venerate everything that is destroying our world The neo-cons know that oil will end and are building wealth to survive oil-ageddon The neo-cons love sprawl and car-dependence  Mitt Romney is in league with the neo-cons The neo-cons want America to continue being Rome A captive Senate serfs and legions all over = neo-con American Empire  The neo-cons venerate wealth - for themselves The neo-cons have no qualms about conducting triage on the world No clearer reason to oppose Romney is his unholy embrace of the neo-cons

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