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Europe’s Stark Choice: Resignation or Revolution

The question is, once it does collapse, who’s going to pick up the pieces and rebuild a new, more sustainable system in its ashes? Will it be us, the people, or will it be the same bankers, central bankers and heavily compromised political half-wits that got us here in the first place? Will we bravely stake our claim to a new future, or resign ourselves, in fear and despair, to the global bankers’ totalitarian nirvana?

In an Emergency, Will You Know Your Friends’ and Family’s Phone Numbers?

In the age of the smartphone and dialing by touchscreen, few of us can tick off our loved ones’ numbers on command. ... This has less to do with the faulty memories of modern man than the absence of any day-to-day need to dial by number. As memory champ and Moonwalking with Einstein author Joshua Foer writes, “Once I’d reached the point where I could squirrel away more than 30 digits a minute in memory palaces, I still only sporadically used the techniques to memorize the phone numbers of people I actually wanted to call.

Is It Better to Text or to Call During a Crisis?

In the wake of the horrific Boston Marathon explosions, friends and family members of runners and onlookers were frantically trying to get in touch and make sure their loved ones were safe. ... Here’s a simple answer from the AT&T website : “During an emergency situation, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls because they require fewer network resources.” ... She said that the average hold time for a voice call is 180 seconds, during which someone could send 30 to 50 text messages, depending on how quickly they can type.

T-Mobile, Wireless Carriers, and the Way to Fight Oligopolies : The New Yorker

Consider Barry Lynn’s 2011 book, “Cornered,” which carefully detailed the rising concentration and consolidation of nearly every American industry since the nineteen-eighties. ... Consumers, easily misled by product labelling, often don’t even notice that products like sunglasses, pet food, or numerous others come from just a few giants. For example, while drugstores seem to offer unlimited choices in toothpaste, just two firms, Procter & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive, control more than eighty per cent of the market (including seemingly independent brands like Tom’s of Maine).

Lizard People? Really?

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Gold Prices Collapse

Gold prices continued to plummet Monday on concern that Cyprus will have to sell excess reserves of the precious metal to raise about $522 million to help finance that country's $13 billion international bailout, Dennis Gartman, editor of The Gartman Letter, told CNBC.

[From Gartman on Gold: We’ve Never Ever Seen Anything Like It ]

Eric Drexler's New Book Radical Abundance has Big Ideas like Engines of Creation

Radical Abundance is in the style of Engines of Creation Eric Drexler is the intellectual father of the vision of molecular manufacturing - molecular nanotechnology. Eric identifies areas where molecular manufacturing or similarly powerful changes in manufacturing technology could have massive leverage.  if all agriculture was inside greenhouses then agricultural produtivity would increase by ten times   telecommunication costs can be reduced by 1000 times

...[From Eric Drexler's New Book Radical Abundance has Big Ideas like Engines of Creation ]

What will happen far sooner than others have recently predicted

NBF - Selection based on genetic makeup will occur by 2023 for pre-implantation and by 2030 for selection of the egg or sperm via non-destructive methods and genetic modification of cells and embroys. ... The genes that have a positive or negative effect on intelligence will be announced in two months. 750 genes that have an effect on height are known. Full genome sequencing of an embyro, combined with the knowledge of which genes contribute would allow Read more » [From What will happen far sooner than other's have recently predicted ]

Douglas Rushkoff: Present Shock, the Boing Boing interview

And our applications - the way so many of them take our time instead of free it, make us work round the clock instead of when we want, or convince us that we have to tend to them night and day - they exacerbate the worst sorts of time-is-money principles of industrialism. ... And all my work has really been about this - from Playing the Future, which was about the breakdown of cause and effect narrative, to Nothing Sacred, which was about Jewish continuity as less of a thread to some historical past and more about the willingness to engage with fresh eyes today. ... It's no excuse - particularly for me - but I was in a bit of present shock, myself, when I was going back and forth about it (typing on a smart phone during an NPR station break on publication day, correcting for a snafu that had delayed the piece) and I wasn't paying proper attention to how it was going to be framed.

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