7/22/12

Three Infrastructure Musts if We Are Going to Repair the Nation



DO NOT ASSUME THE CONTINUED DOMINATION OF THE CAR

Yes we need safe roads and yes we need safe bridges
but we should treat these as rights of way that we the people own

REBUILD WITH A VIEW TO NEW CENTERS OF PROXIMITY

We should think of new settlements away from obvious weather and flood dangers
We should work to gather folk in proximate areas instead of accepting more and more sprawl

ENSURE EQUAL CONNECTIVITY EVERYWHERE

We should recognize that we will outgrow our current gadget craze
More and more the Web will be our center for education and for work and for recreation




Why Buy Followers When You Can Get Followers for Free



Twitter makes it simple to find followers you want 
Find the leaders in the field that interests you
Go to their page
Expand the tweets that appeal to you
Click to open a list of those who retweeted
Follow those who interest you
Have a profile that broadcasts your common interest
Communicate with your followers 




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Three Signs For the Future Community Proximity Non-Idolatry

COMMUNITY
Community is relationship that is more than merely social 
Community possesses a measure of assumed empathy
The horrendous architecture of the sprawl present is inimical to community
The sheer decibel level of today's living substitutes shouting for intimacy
Without community there is little redemptive feedback
With community there is neighborliness awareness and helpfulness

PROXIMITY
Proximity is closeness which is neither sardine-like nor snail-like
Our ill-designed sprawl world lacks proximity and increases atomization
Proximity is essential to a viable local economy
The ideal is to have everything necessary within a mile walk
The need to go by private car is the venal trick played on everyone
 Proximity is a better standard for the future than more sprawl

NON-IDOLATRY
The worship of idols and graven images is one root of evil
Evil is willed action that is harmful and can lead to injury and death
Idolatry is giving first place to anything but the values that make for life
The values that make for life include helpfulness
Helpfulness is the willingness to share one's knowledge to enable another to thrive
The values that make for life include tolerance
Tolerance is the strength and flexibility to withstand incursions
with equanimity and good grace
Democracy evokes a world where persons rule themselves and
respect and honor the rights of all
Non-idolatry is the foundation value that manifests the freedom to
say no to anything but 
tolerance democracy and helpfulness

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Consciousness Can Be Measured

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