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hi folks,

it appears that corporate psychopathy had triggered academic interest before events of 2008:

http://mtpinnacle.com/pdfs/Psychopath.pdf

and guess what? they are not only attracted to large corporations - they are attracted to large polities, too :)))

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hi folks,

an article summarizing cancer research that someone might find interesting:

http://www.caseyresearch.com/cdd/there-will-never-be-cure-cancer

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There will never be a single cure for all cancers – and that's good news for biotech investors.Decades of research are just now beginning to bear fruit, and the result will soon be a revolution in can...
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hi folks,

well, if you need a little pick me up this morning, how about this note from david knox barker:

http://www.safehaven.com/article/24166/the-feds-inflation-target-qe3-qe4-qe5-etc-are-in-the-queue

nothing like talk of dark ages to get those juices flowing. even mauldin is in a bad mood:

http://www.investorsinsight.com/blogs/thoughts_from_the_frontline/archive/2012/01/28/the-transparency-trap.aspx

i guess none of these guys have heard about modern monetary theory - hey, man, just relax, its just funny money, right?

well, i have an antidote to all this silliness - bucky's book, critical path:
http://books.google.com/books?id=2rPqFvn3nocC&lpg=PP1&dq=inauthor%3Afuller%20inauthor%3Abuckminster&pg=PA252#v=onepage&q=inauthor:fuller%20inauthor:buckminster&f=false
i quote: "the great emergencies may finally force political society to do the right things for the right reasons". bucky's main point in the book is that if our main motive for fighting and fussing is over having enough for life support, then why is 60% of the workforce engaged in activities that dont contribute to life support? what follows in the chapter are radical, indeed, reorganizations of life as we know it - mostly for the better :)))

finally, if you want a primer on the mental model of community organization, saul alinsky wrote it out years ago. we should note carefully the concept of reformation before revolution:

http://books.google.com/books?id=JYlJt95CW0IC&lpg=PR4&dq=inauthor%3Aalinsky%20inauthor%3Asaul&pg=PR22#v=onepage&q=inauthor:alinsky%20inauthor:saul&f=false

i quote: "...people have reached the point of disillusionment with past ways...the prevailing system is self-defeating, frustrating and hopeless. they wont act for change but they wont strongly oppose those who do. the time is then ripe for a revolution."

elsewhere in the book, alinsky indicates that his methods are ideologically independent, i.e. they can used by an pole in the political spectrum. as we proceed through the political debate, it will be astounding as how much of the rheteric comes right off these pages. as always, there are many more people who want to told what to think, not how to think. you wont hear much critique of alinsky.

feel better now? :))))

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hi folks,

there is a heterodox group in economics that promote a 'steady state':

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steady_state_economy

not many mainstream economists sign on to this view. yet here we see some commentary on the 'growth' dogma in macroeconomics from the orthodoxy:

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/rogoff88/English

its interesting that both daly and rogoff worked for the imf :))))

to my best knowledge, steady state, or ecological economics, has only been done at the macroeconomic level. no one has worked out the 'details' of what this model would be at the micro level.

can steady state economics be done at a small scale? or is it only a wonky, policy-based macro theory?

often, theories like this are favored by folks who like to sit in comfortable offices and posture as radicals against 'the system'. if its really so wonderful, then its a social innovation worth really trying - and, for the most part, there is nothing out there to stop a group of individuals from putting it into practice, right?

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hi folks,

an interesting note from john michael greer, a writer on the topic of peak oil. greer advocates a cultural change model rooted in his study of historical change. he suggests that many 'big' changes occur at very slow, incremental rates - the way an avalanche develops, a bit here, a bit there.

http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/

if it is true that the implications of peak oil will 'sneak up' on us, i think greer has a model worth considering...

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