Electricity from the sun and the wind Major Objectives To reduce the economic and institutional barriers between people and sustainable housing. To begin reversing the overall negative effect that conventional housing has on the planet. To create a less stressful existence for people in an effort to reduce the stress that they in turn place on the planet and each other. MEMBERSHIP Members will be provided with a membership certificate and a deed which will allow, define and locate the member's lodging site as well as their ultimate interest in the common lands. All members accepted into the association are assumed to understand and be in agreement with the experimental nature of the G.W. program. In that the Greater World Community became (at the mandate of Taos County) a subdivision after it was already established as a community, rules and regulations of the subdivision will prevail over previously established rules and regulations of the community. POWER No power grid electricity shall run on this land. LEMURIA (phase I) A.
China, technology and the U.S. middle class President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech this week confirmed it: The pre-eminent political and economic challenge in the industrialized democracies is how to make capitalism work for the middle class. There is nothing mysterious about that. The most important fact about the United States in this century is that middle-class incomes are stagnating. The financial crisis has revealed an equally stark structural problem in much of Europe. Even in a relatively prosperous age — for all of today’s woes, we have left behind the dark, satanic mills and workhouses of the 19th century — this decline of the middle class is more than an economic issue. It is also a political one. All of which is why understanding what is happening to the middle class is urgently important. But when I asked him this week what had gone wrong for the U.S. middle class, he gave a different answer: “The main problem is we’ve just had a decade of incredibly anemic employment growth. “U.S.
the capitalist network that runs the world - physics-math - 19 October 2011 AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters' worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy. The study's assumptions have attracted some criticism, but complex systems analysts contacted by New Scientist say it is a unique effort to untangle control in the global economy. Pushing the analysis further, they say, could help to identify ways of making global capitalism more stable. The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York's Occupy Wall Street movement and protesters elsewhere (see photo). But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. The Zurich team can. 1.
The Third Industrial Revolution - a response to the Economist The Third Revolution by nature of its high mechanisation and non-labour intensity means an ever larger proportion of the general public will be excluded from the production process or remunerated to ever lesser extents. Amid the atonal monotony of crisis that has increasingly sirened from the media during the last several years, it has been very rare to hear of ‘good news’ stories with regards to political economy, manufacturing or industry, particularly within the context of the OECD countries. Equally rare are stories that choose to take a longer term view, that zoom out of the immediate predicament in order to take a more macroscopic view of things. This is unsurprising of course. Crisis brings a certain density of life to human affairs and it is understandable that most commentators will remain focused on US unemployment statistics or foreclosure rates, Chinese defence spending or levels of economic contraction in most of the member states of the European Union.
Exposure To Money Triggers Unethical Decisions Money corrupts. It’s behind almost all political and corporate scandals. It triggers wars. "My workers and I are interested in why do good people, normal people sometimes engage in unethical behavior," says Kristin Smith-Crowe, one of the study’s authors. The researchers theorized that exposure to money can trigger a business decision frame--a way of looking at decisions that focuses solely on cost/benefit analysis and the pursuit of self-interest--which in turn can lead to unethical outcomes. In one study, participants were shown 30 of these phrases--15 neutral, 15 money-related for one group, 30 neutral phrases for the control group. You work as an office assistant for a department at a University. Participants who were primed with money-related phrases were significantly more likely to choose unethical decisions than those who weren’t. In another study, participants played a game where they could lie to other participants to receive $5--or receive $2 without lying.
Free-Energy Devices, zero-point energy, and water as fuel Global Wealth Distribution As we have discussed, from 1979 to 2007, inflation-adjusted incomes of the top 1 percent of households increased significantly versus the rest of the wage earners (i.e., the remaining 99%). Those even better off, the top 0.1 percent (the top one one-thousandth of households), saw their incomes grow 390%. In contrast, incomes for the bottom 90 percent grew just 5 percent between 1979 and 2007. All of that income growth, however, occurred in the unusually strong growth period from 1997 to 2000, which was followed by a fall in income from 2000 to 2007. Is this wealth concentration a global phenomena, or is it a US centric? Lets go to the global data, via Credit Suisse Research Institute’s Global Wealth Databook: Source: Credit Suisse, Research Institute And as a reminder, here is the recent growth in the US data, via EPI: Source: Economic Policy Institute UPDATE: November 1 2011 12:51pm David Wilson of Bloomberg News points out that a rising Misery Indexes worsens the income-gap effect:
Study finds capitalist network of companies runs the world [with list] | ZME Science A recent study conducted by researchers from Zurich found that a ‘super entity’ of 147 companies controls 40% of the entire corporate network. As protests against unbalanced financial power sweep from Wall Street to the rest of the world, an analysis of over 43.000 transnational corporations found that a relatively small group of companies (mainly banks) have a totally disproportionate power over global economy. The work is quite controversial, as some assumptions were made in order to complete the study – and these assumptions were challenged by some. However, most complex system analysts claim that the work is a remarkable effort to untangle control in the global economyş taking the study one step further could lead to finding ways of improving capitalism. The idea that a few groups of banks control the global economy is not new to many, but for the first time, this study has moved from ideology to identifying this network of power. “Such structures are common in nature,” says Sugihara.
South Africa - ECONOMY South Africa - The Economy South Africa TRADING ON JOHANNESBURG'S financial markets reached a new all-time high on April 26, 1994, reflecting the buoyant mood of voters of all races who were about to participate in the country's first democratic elections. As South Africa emerged from the economic stagnation and international isolation of the apartheid era, the new government and its theme of economic reconstruction received international acclaim and encouragement. South Africa's economy had been shaped over several centuries by its abundant natural resources and by the attempts of immigrant populations to dominate and to exploit those who had arrived before them. By the mid-1980s, the economy was distorted by government policies designed to bolster the economic and political power of a small minority and to exclude many of South Africa's citizens, selected by race, from significant participation in the nation's wealth. South Africa South Africa - The Economy - Historical Development
Why Cities Should Use Public Banks Instead of Big Banks The Public Banking Institute (PBI) is a non-partisan think-tank, research and advisory organization dedicated to exploring and disseminating information on the potential utility of publicly-owned banks, and to facilitate their implementation. For more information about public banking, please check out PBI's "Public Banking in America Legislative Guide". Of all the public entities that have fallen victim to the big bank-induced economic downturn, cities have the most compelling stories of being burned. If “all politics is local,” this is even more true for economics, at least where people’s ordinary lives are concerned. City budgets contain the life blood of communities. So we should take good care of our cities, right? School districts around the country face budget restraints and only bad solutions. Trey Bundy and Shane Shifflett of California Watch recently detailed the story of American Canyon High School in Napa Valley.
FREE ENERGY: WHAT THE GLOBAL ELITE DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW | Truth Survival The Hidden Prosperity of the Poor A concept promulgated by the right — the notion of the hidden prosperity of the poor — underpins the conservative take on the ongoing debate over rising inequality. The political right uses this concept to undermine the argument made by liberals that the increasingly unequal distribution of income poses a danger to the social fabric as well as to the American economy. President Obama forcefully articulated the case from the left in an address on Dec. 6, 2011 at Osawatomie High School in Kansas: This kind of gaping inequality gives lie to the promise that’s at the very heart of America: that this is a place where you can make it if you try. We tell people — we tell our kids — that in this country, even if you’re born with nothing, work hard and you can get into the middle class. We tell them that your children will have a chance to do even better than you do. echo a standard left-wing critique of capitalism: Economic growth does not serve all classes of society. Economic Policy Institute
A Tightly Knit Network of Companies Runs the World Economy, Says Network Analysis A small, tightly woven network of companies, mostly banks, wields disproportionate control over the global economy, according to a new study. To the thousands of protesters swept up in the global Occupy movement, it may seem like a case of science confirming the obvious. It's based on a few extrapolations and assumptions that are open to debate, but the overall findings shed some light on the intimate ways 21st century capitalism works — and how those functions can undermine the entire system. A trio of systems theorists at ETH Zurich examined the world's 43,060 transnational corporations and studied their share ownerships, searching for commonalities that tie the companies together. They worked with techniques used to study complex systems in nature to construct a model of which companies controlled which other companies, and through which networks. They add that domestic anti-trade strictures prevent the core from acting as some kind of cash cartel. [via New Scientist]