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The First Civilization

I just read a book called The First Civilization. It is an introductary look at the ideas of an RBE. I found the book on the TZM blogs but have attached a copy here for your conveninence.

The book doesn't really deviate from the ideas of Jacque Fresco but, for many, it is hard to get started with Fresco's ideas. After all, he has had about 80 years to refine them.

Getting Sidetracked

Then years ago, when I escaped from the US to Central America, I said I was transitioning from preventing bad to doing good. To me, what that meant was not a change in my job as it was already doing good. It was a change in my other activities—the things I did in my spare time to make the world a better place.

I had years of what one would call activism time.

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Government for Who?

For those of you still living in the USA, I want to point out that you seem to be asleep. That is, you seem to have given away the idea of democracy to corporations and, well, you don't even seem to notice anymore.

Let's start with an article about GMO Food Labeling. The idea appears popular (as it should) but the government (in this case, the Washington State Legislature doesn't seem excited about it. Now, this is not a bill to ban GMO products (which many think is a good idea).

SOPA Crazyness

If you don't know what SOPA is you clearly must be dead. The good news is that, at least for now, SOPA is dead. Now we can reflect on the idea of this legislation itself. Or, more accurately, how it is a big example of how the US Congress seems to have forgotten that they work for the people—the real live ones, not the imitation ones called corporations.

I did a bit of looking around in the world press about SOPA. It certainly made the news.

Thrive

Last night I watched Thrive with Ana and with my niece. We were, of course, watching the version in Spanish which probably leveled out our comprehension ability. That is, I know the story and the technical stuff better than they but had to work harder to understand the language.

If you have seen the currently existing three Zeitgeist movies then you know most of the story. I say most because there is some interesting information in the beginning that seems to connect ancient cultures which surprised me.

What's the opposite of poverty?

A friend just sent me info about a new program with Bill Moyers. That's the good news and the information can be found at http://www.aptonline.org/catalog.nsf/vLinkTitle/MOYERS+COMPANY complete with a 30-second video blurb about it.

I always appreciated the work of Bill Moyers. Why? Not because I always agreed with his position but because he always made me think. As proof of concept the following quote appears in the 30-second blurb. "The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice."

While I don't know who said it, it did make me think.

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IBM's 5 in 5 and Us

To get you on track, take five minutes and watch this video. It is IBM's Next 5 in 5: 2011. A set of predicted technological advances for the next five years.

It is very optimistic and, at least for geeks, sounds pretty good. But, there is another side to it.

Ron Paul

A friend sent me a link about Ron Paul's progressive appeal. It's a good read whether you think Ron Paul is a good guy or a bad guy. Even the comments are good.

I confess that the article has me thinking. There are lots of Ron Paul positions I disagree with. Serious ones. But, on the other hand, they are his positions now, in the past and in the future.

That Which Isn't News

Project Censored (http://projectcensored.org) has a long history of telling us what is not news. That is, seemly important items that never get seriously addressed by the mainstream press.

Bittorrent "rules"

Up front, let me say that I think information should be free. I even believe that if it was this would be a better world.. The fact that information is not free tends to support the divisions between rich and poor.

That said, how can we discriminate between peer-to-peer sharing that is legal vs. illegal? It just seems all too complicated. Even the rules within one country are complicated so what about on a global level?

My understanding is that in the US, using your VCR to time-shift a TV program is legal.