Richard Feynman's father, if I remember the story correctly, encouraged him to go into physics so Richard could explain Einstein's theories to him. Richard never could, so disappointed his father. Will this be our fate, too?
The tradition is I think susceptible to change. To get really crude about it for a second, consider US monetary policy around the stimulus and taxation. Those decisions are not about, not even framed as, questions of "what is best for the country as a whole" but instead questions of "who deserves what". the whole 99% movement is predicated on the assumption that the top 1% are overpaid and undertaxed UNFAIRLY. I've seen at most two articles about circulation of capital and having a viable consumer base. The Republican argument "these are the job creators" is really a thinly veiled argument for meritocracy (it's not pure meritocracy because the playing field isn't level to begin with, but I did say I was being crude). The outcry over bailing out Wall street is at least in part an outcry against hypocrisy and against rewarding failure. I could go on, but let's not. The point is, these decisions are not rational. They are tangled up in value judgements and the way we see ourselves as people. These things might evolve.
I'm dreaming here, but if the focus was "Is everyone doing all they can?" rather than "Who gets to create what fraction of the last 'safe' emissions?" we'd have a shot at avoiding a truly dystopian future.
Yet in another sense, Mr Jones is quite right. Palestinians consider Israel to be responsible for the recent violence in Gaza not because Israel scotched the cease-fire negotiations and killed a high-level Hamas officer, but because Israel has driven the Palestinians out of most of the territory in which they historically resided, confining them to ever-shrinking patches of parched land, sealing their borders, crippling their economy, stunting their political aspirations, jailing or killing their heroes, and blasting apart whatever chance they might have had at a prosperous, well-governed state if left to their own devices—not that those chances were necessarily particularly high. Of course they blame the Israelis. Of course the Israelis blame them. Thinking about the problem through the prism of who is at fault for the most recent cease-fire violations or escalation of violence doesn't seem a terribly useful exercise."
Irritated, I went to use Facebook instead. FB does have an option to share albums with people who aren't on FB - unfortunately. it only seems to work if you set the privacy settings to "public". This was a non-starter.
I discovered G+ had also change the privacy settings on my albums - making them public. In restricting one album to my friends circle, it seems to have reshared the album with them so it has popped up as a new album. Worse, I can see the discrepancy between the security settings in G+ and Picasaweb - I have one album that showed as limited to friends in Picasaweb, but is visible as Public in G+.
These may just be growing pains and migration pains. If I set the security in G+, it seems to work properly. Sharing via link in G+ also seems to work - I can share an album via link, and those following the link can view the album without signing in to G+ . Security settings assigned in G+ also seem to work. Still, my privacy should not be compromised by Google's decision to merge services, particularly without my knowledge and consent.
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