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E. F. Schumacher

E. F. Schumacher
Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher (16 August 1911 – 4 September 1977) was an internationally influential economic thinker, statistician and economist in Britain, serving as Chief Economic Advisor to the UK National Coal Board for two decades.[1] His ideas became popularized in much of the English-speaking world during the 1970s. He is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized and appropriate technologies. According to The Times Literary Supplement, his 1973 book Small Is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered is among the 100 most influential books published since World War II,[2] and was soon translated into many languages, bringing him international fame. Schumacher's basic development theories have been summed up in the catch-phrases Intermediate Size and Intermediate Technology. Early life[edit] Schumacher was born in Bonn, Germany in 1911. Economist[edit] Protégé of Keynes[edit] Adviser to the Coal Board[edit] Related:  Inventors for a better worldEconomics

Oil Spill Disaster on New Zealand Shoreline - Alan Taylor - In Focus Nine days ago, a Liberian-flagged container ship called the Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef, 14 miles offshore from Tauranga Harbor on New Zealand's North Island. In addition to the 2,100 containers aboard, the Rena was carrying 1,700 tons of fuel oil and another 200 tons of diesel fuel. A cracked hull and rough seas have dislodged more than 80 containers and spilled some 300 tons of oil already, fouling Tauranga beaches and reportedly killing some 1,000 birds so far. Salvage teams are racing to offload as much remaining oil as possible while cleanup crews are hard at work, coping with New Zealand's worst environmental disaster in decades. [32 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: The Liberian-flagged container ship Rena, stuck aground on a reef off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand, on October 13, 2011. The stricken Rena is pounded by waves on October 13, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. The stricken Rena leaks more oil on October 13, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Stanford R. Ovshinsky Stanford Robert Ovshinsky (November 24, 1922 – October 17, 2012) was a prolific American inventor and scientist who had been granted well over 400 patents over fifty years, mostly in the areas of energy and information.[1] Many of his inventions have had wide ranging applications. Roughly a year after Iris Ovshinsky's death in August 2006, Ovshinsky left ECD and established a new company, Ovshinsky Innovation LLC, devoted to developing the scientific basis for highly innovative and revolutionary energy and information technologies. In October 2007 he married Rosa Young, a physicist who had worked at ECD on numerous energy technologies including a hydrogen-powered hybrid car and on Ovshinsky's vision of a hydrogen-based economy. Early life[edit] Ovshinsky was born and grew up in the industrial town of Akron, Ohio, then at the center of the American rubber industry. Work through the 1950s[edit] Work as a machinist and the Benjamin Center Drive[edit] Intelligent machines[edit] Death[edit]

James Baldwin James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. Baldwin's essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and their inevitable if unnameable tensions.[1] Some Baldwin essays are book-length, for instance The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). Early life[edit] When Baldwin was an infant, his mother, Emma Berdis Jones, divorced his father amid his drug abuse and moved to the Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City. There, she married a preacher, David Baldwin. James spent much time caring for his several younger brothers and sisters. His stepfather died of tuberculosis in summer of 1943 soon before James turned 19. Schooling[edit] Religion[edit] Greenwich Village[edit] Baldwin's expatriation[edit]

Buddhist economics Buddhist economics is a spiritual approach to economics.[1] It examines the psychology of the human mind and the anxiety, aspirations, and emotions that direct economic activity. A Buddhist understanding of economics aims to clear the confusion about what is harmful and beneficial in the range of human activities involving production and consumption, and ultimately tries to make human beings ethically mature.[2] It tries to find a middle way between a purely mundane society and an immobile conventional society.[3] It says that truly rational decisions can only be made when we understand what creates irrationality. When people understand what constitutes desire, they realize that all the wealth in the world cannot satisfy it. When people understand the universality of fear, they become more compassionate to all beings. Thus, this spiritual approach to Economics doesn't rely on theories and models but on the essential forces of acumen, empathy, and restraint.[2] History[edit] See also[edit]

Save Our Earth : Its an Illusion by John Harris. Please read each and everyone of you, this is so important What you are about to read may at first confuse some of you, some may not believe and some will be shocked. What you are about to read is truth and I urge you all to stay and read all this information and understand it because it concerns you and it concerns your children and all your property. Lawful Rebellion The British Constitution Group Stoke on Trent 24th January 2009 Its an illusion (Transcript on a talk by John Harris called ‘Its an illusion’ from The People’s United Community www.TPUC.org ) To watch the video please go to What I want to do today is show you a different perspective. (Slide shows the following;) Do you believe ‘parliament’ to be elected to ‘REPRESENT’ the people and their wishes? Do you believe in ‘POLITICS’? Do you believe that the only way to sort this country out is to get another ‘POLITICAL PARTY’ elected into power? Do you believe ‘ACTS’ of parliament (STATUTES) are ‘LAW’? Do you believe ‘STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS’ are ‘LAW’? Its been abused.

Dean Kamen Dean L. Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American entrepreneur and inventor from New Hampshire. Career[edit] Inventions[edit] Kamen is best known for inventing the product that eventually became known as the Segway PT, an electric, self-balancing human transporter with a computer-controlled gyroscopic stabilization and control system. Kamen Stirling Generator 10 coupled to Water Still 12 (from US patent 7,340,879) Kamen is also the co-inventor of a compressed air device that would launch a human into the air in order to quickly launch SWAT teams or other emergency workers to the roofs of tall, inaccessible buildings.[7][8] FIRST[edit] In 1989, Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a program for students to get people interested in science, technology, and engineering. Awards[edit] Personal life[edit] His company, DEKA, annually creates intricate mechanical presents for him. See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit]

Albert Camus Albert Camus (French: [albɛʁ kamy] ( Camus did not consider himself to be an existentialist despite usually being classified as one, even during his own lifetime.[1] In an interview in 1945, Camus rejected any ideological associations: "No, I am not an existentialist. Sartre and I are always surprised to see our names linked...".[2] Camus was born in French Algeria to a Pied-Noir family, and studied at the University of Algiers. Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times".[5] Early years[edit] Camus joined the French Communist Party in the spring of 1935, seeing it as a way to "fight inequalities between Europeans and 'natives' in Algeria." Marriages[edit] In 1934, Camus married Simone Hié, but the marriage ended as a consequence of infidelities on both sides. [edit] Revolutionary Union Movement and Europe[edit] Death[edit] Literary career[edit]

Parkinson's law UK First edition book cover Originally, Parkinson's law is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion", and the title of a book which made it well-known. However, in current understanding, Parkinson's law is a reference to the self-satisfying uncontrolled growth of the bureaucratic apparatus in an organization. History[edit] Articulated by Cyril Northcote Parkinson as part of the first sentence of a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955 and since republished online,[1][2] it was reprinted with other essays in the book Parkinson's Law: The Pursuit of Progress (London, John Murray, 1958). He derived the dictum from his extensive experience in the British Civil Service. A current form of the law is not the one Parkinson refers to by that name in the article, but a mathematical equation describing the rate at which bureaucracies expand over time. Parkinson's Law was translated into many languages. Corollaries[edit] Generalization[edit]

sgtdroopybutt comments on "Carbon Blueprint of Life" - Incident Blotter A Urine Powered Generator : Maker Faire Africa Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 · 168 Comments Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa this year in Lagos is a urine powered generator, created by four girls. The girls are Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15). 1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity. The system works like this: Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen. Along the whole way there are one-way valves for security, but let’s be honest that this is something of an explosive device…

Will Eisner William Erwin "Will" Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and his series The Spirit (1940–1952) was noted for its experiments in content and form. In 1978, he popularized the term "graphic novel" with the publication of his book A Contract with God. He was an early contributor to formal comics studies with his book Comics and Sequential Art (1985). The Eisner Award was named in his honor, and is given to recognize achievements each year in the comics medium; he was one of the three inaugural inductees to the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. Biography[edit] Family background[edit] Eisner's father Shmuel "Samuel" Eisner was born March 6, 1886, in Kollmei, Austria-Hungary, and was one of eleven children. Eisner's mother, Fannie Ingber, was born to Jewish parents from Romania April 25, 1891, on a ship bound for the US. Early life[edit]

Busy States of America 75,343,469 people will wake up in the next hour. People spend an extra 12 minutes eating and drinking on weekends and holidays. Average time spent shopping is 45 mins per day. The busiest times of the day to work are at 10am and 2pm. 8,167,837 doing household chores The majority of Americans do their chores around 6pm, right after work. Between 8 and 9 pm 1/3 of Americans are watching TV. 1,768,359 doing sport activities Men spend twice as much time as women on sports and exercise. Teenagers spend more time studying throughout the day than any other group. Sleep takes up a large portion of everyone's time, but it's in the waking life that really differentiates us. Retale is the web and mobile app destination for weekly ads and local store information.

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