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Radical Demilitarization in Europe

Introduction
If peace is a state of equilibrium, conflict is a move away from equilibrium. It is important to assess what are the causes of this move and what is the energy behind.

Human being are driven by a set of emotions and needs. Earth’s resources are finite; human beings have been successful in extracting more of the earth resources through technology, but the finiteness of earth’s resources tempts people to fight over them, always thinking that their greater strength guarantees a quick end to the conflict; but that is never the case: aggression leads to resistance and to more conflict.

Wars require people to fight them. The leaders require to manipulate the mind of people to convince them of the rightfulness of “their” war.  This in turn requires keeping a majority of the population under-educated.

It is almost exclusively men who wage and fight wars.

Therefore, wars are caused when one group feels that through violence they can obtain a larger share of earth’s resources. Conflict is fuelled by a willing population of ignorant males whose ambitions have been ignored.

Even though future wars may be fought by drones or in cyberspace, the above analysis still stands:
Wars are about resources
An ignorant populace is necessary for wars to be accepted.


Thesis
An educated world population where women have at least half the power is much less likely to move away from a peaceful equilibrium
Our technological prowess and scientific knowledge is sufficient to guarantee adequate resources for everyone, if and only if the social and political frameworks allow a just distribution of these resources
Therefore, rather than focusing on the technology, which has an unstoppable momentum, we need to work on the politics.


Proposal
In the past fifty years, the European Union has been instrumental in spreading “best practice” in human affairs from its initial core of six states. The citizens of the European Union enjoy the highest level of freedom, education, protection, quality of life and consumer protection in the world. The European Union is also leading the world in tackling climate change. However some of its member states are large manufacturers and exporters of weaponry that fuel wars elsewhere.

The European Union needs to take a leading role in world peace by undertaking a radical disarmament in the next twenty years and redirect the trillions of money presently wasted by the “industrial military complex” towards new technologies and systems in these sectors:
- Global education, especially of women - educated people do not attack
- Clean energy - Safe water - Food production - the potential scarcity of these key three resources may trigger future wars
- Eradication of pathogenic diseases
- Regenerative human health technologies
- The convergence of Nanotech, Synthetic Biology and Artificial Intelligence in a regulatory framework that benefits all life on earth.

A healthy, well fed, well educated, active global population has no reason to fight.

By disarmament, it is meant that over the course of twenty years, Nato is disbanded, the member states destroy (or recondition to civil use) their present armament and the manufacture or import of weapons is made illegal. European companies involved in the armament industry will be retooled to focus on the above areas.

This bold measure will be a catalyst for the acceptance that all human beings share the richness of this world, and are equally responsible for its stewardship.

The European Union will share its knowledge to all nations who abide to its non-violence principles.

At this time of critical poverty of vision in Europe, Radical Demilitarization will galvanise European citizens in uniting towards a truly inspiring goal.
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One wonders whether neurons communicate in other ways then just through synapses giving how intertwined they are. In other words, if a neuron is activated and an action potential travels along the axon are other neurons, which are touching it, affected?

It would also be interesting to see whether a similar specimen from another part of the mouse brain shows a similar structure
 
In a piece of brain tissue smaller than a dust mite, there are thousands of brain cell branches and connections. Researchers from Harvard University in Boston, MA have mapped them all in a new study appearing in Cell. They find some unexpected insights about how the cells talk to each other.
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The truth about UK being generous to asylum seekers and economic migrants is very different from what #nastybritain press claims.
Migrants at Calais are unlikely to be drawn to the UK by benefits, which aren't available to illegal entrants, though asylum seekers get some state support
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Life is richest at the edge of our comfort zone. To thrive, one needs to let go and savour the feeling of the unknown.

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All citizens of Europe need to be thankful for the indefatigable work of Caspar Bowden, who was able to amend legislation in the UK and had lobbied successfully in Brussels to warn of the pernicious schemes of Americans.

Here are a couple of talks he gave:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijr0E6Lw4Nk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciomgfEcawY&feature=youtu.be
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Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers
We believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways, and that the goal of the field should be to do so. Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.
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This is a Hawfinch.
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Institutional racism and violence by the Dutch police, just as everywhere else.

The Dutch authorities need to conduct a thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the circumstances involving Mitch Henriquez’s death, involving not only those officers who applied direct force, but others present who failed to administer first aid. Further, there should be an investigation of the initial entirely misleading account of events issued by the public prosecutor’s office. Beyond a proper judicial investigation, the protests should serve as a wake-up call in the Netherlands, where there is still a resistance to addressing questions of institutional racism not only in policing, but across Dutch society. Reflecting this defensiveness, the mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, has strongly rejected any comparisons whatsoever between the circumstances of Mr. Hernandez’ death and incidents in the U.S.
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  • Insead
    MBA, 1983 - 1983
  • UCL
    Economics, 1980 - 1982
  • Copenhagen International School
    1974 - 1976
  • Rygaards
    1973 - 1974
  • Liceo Scientifico Enrico Mattei
    1976 - 1979
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January 1, 1961
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I have three wonderful children.


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Owned the most beautiful bicycle shop in ...
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UK Agent, Christiania Bikes
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  • Futures trader, present
  • K4RGO - Cargobike evangelist
    2013 - present
    One of the world's foremost expert in cycle logistics, cargobikes and their use.
  • Velorution
    Director, 1997 - 2012
  • UBS
    1993 - 1995
  • PaineWebber
    1986 - 1988
  • Sumitomo
    1983 - 1986
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Milano - Copenhagen - Norwich - Fointainebleau