THE BEADY EYE SAY’S: THE NEW TYPE OF NON- CONSCIOUS INTELLIGENCE DRIVEN BY NON-CONSCIOUS ALGORITHMS IS GOING TO DESTROY WHAT IS LEFT OF DECENCY IN THE WORLD. (Guest post an unknown source.)

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The idea that humans will always have a unique ability beyond the reach of non-conscious algorithms is just wishful thinking.

The fact is, as time goes by it will be easier and easier to replace humans with computer algorithms, not because they are getting smarter and smarter but because humans are professionalising.

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The answer so far appears to be yes. We are going to become militarily and economically useless.

Technical difficulties or political objections might slow down the algorithmic invasion of the job market but while the systems might need humans, it will not need individuals.

These systems will make most of the important decisions depriving individuals of their authority and freedom.

They are already assembling humans into dividuals ie. humans are becoming an assemblage of many different algorithms lacking a single inner voice or a single self.

Its time we realized that if we continue down this path allowing large corporations platforms to introduce algorithms willy nilly with no overall vetting as to whether they comply with our values we will be replacing the voter, the consumer, and the beholder.

The Al algorithm will know best, will always be right, and beauty will be in the calculation of the algorithm. Individualism will collapse and authority will shift from individual humans to autonomous networks.

People will not see themselves as individuals but as collections of biochemical mechanisms that are constantly monitored and guided by a network of electronic algorithms.

We are already crossing the line. Most of us use Apps without any thought whatsoever.

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You might say that every age has its organizing principles.

The nineteenth century had the novel, and the twentieth had TV; in our more modern times, they come and go more quickly than ever—on Web 1.0 it was the website, for example, and a few years later, for 2.0, it was the app.

And now, another shift is underway:

Today’s organizing principle is the algorithm. (Though you could productively argue that our new lingua franca will either be artificial intelligence or virtual reality.)

Algorithms rule the modern world, silent workhorses aligning data sets and systematizing the world. They’re everywhere, in everything, and you wouldn’t know unless you looked. For some of the most powerful companies in the world—Google, Facebook, etc.—they’re also closely held secrets, the most valuable intellectual property a company owns. 

Perhaps it is naïve to believe algorithms should be neutral? but it’s also deceptive to advance the illusion that Facebook and the algorithms that power it are bias-free.

They are not neutral.

Facebook is intended to be the home of what the world is talking about. Their business model depends on it, even if that’s an impossible goal. As such, with now well over a billion users, and still growing, it’s worth asking:

What role should Facebook play in shaping public discourse? And just how transparent should it be?

After all, Facebook is mind-boggling massive.

It accounts for a huge portion of traffic directed to news sites; small tweaks in its own feed algorithm can have serious consequences for media companies’ bottom lines.

What can be done? ( See previous posts)

Evolution will continue and will need to do so if we humans are to exist.

We therefore should welcome all technology that enhances our chances of this existence in as far that it equates to human values.

All Algorithms that violate these values for the sake of profit or power should be destroyed.

After all if humans have no soul and if thoughts, emotions, and sensations are just biochemical algorithms why can’t biology account for all the vagaries of human societies.?

If Donald Trump is the best that twitter Algorithms can produce it appears to me that there is a long way to go and it’s not too late to change course.

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CAPITALISM CONTINUES TO PRIVATIZE THE PLANET.

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This is the first post to this blog .

 The purpose of this blog is to start a world mobile phone movement to effect change by Uniting the combined Communication Powers of us all into one world voice that will have to be listened to by World Organizations  and World Corporations.

These days we are  served up doom and gloom daily with the last decade leading us down the path to disillusionment. 

DEMOCRACY ERODED, LIVELIHOODS DESTROYED.  WITH GOVERNMENTS EVERYWHERE BETRAYING THE MANDATES THAT BROUGHT THEM INTO POWER.

September 11 tragedy now turned into a convenient Excuse for any anti-people legislation denying civil liberties worldwide. The Arab Spring is a quagmire>The Euro a nightmare >The Afghan War a needless lost of life>The Israel Palestine Question a dark cul-de-sac>NATO a war machine>The United Nations a gum shield between the west and the rest>China a supermarket>Climate change a trading commodity>Football a religion>Austerity a goal>Economic Growth an aspiration that no one seems to know how to achieve.

IF WE ARE ALL HONEST WITH OURSELVES THE WORLD IS GOING WRONG:

By the year 2030 there will be 50% more of us-6 million a month.

Humanity will have to put aside the deep divisions it has maintained for thousands of years.

Find a new spirit of human co- operation. Stop spending trillions on arms. One-fifth of the world’s present days population live in the “rich world” consuming 86% of the world’s goods. While over half the people on Earth live on 2$ a day with the absolute  poor on a !$ making up billions. Where is the justice that the gross domestic product of the poorest 48 Nations is less than the wealth of the World’s three riches people.

You don’t have to look far to see why we have Terrorism. Poverty and lack of Education spawns it.

While we turn back the evolutionary clock pumping 8 billion tons of Carbon into the Atmosphere each year wiping out 50,000 species a year in collective denial.

There can be no trade-off between economic development and the protection of the Environment Even if it is possible looking back from the Moon and see no trace of human activities that show up.

Our Democracies seem unable to achieve any progress such as mitigating climate change, better managing ecosystems, creating a fair global trading system. However we have the knowledge, the data and the technologies to do all of these things.

The question is not so much ” How could we have learned so little in all these years after two World Wars? But ” How could we have learned so much and done so little?

So it’s time to stop supporting large World Corporations and the like that don’t show a corporate social responsibility and use the power of getting Smart with our smart phones.

Any comments, suggestions, are welcome.  My next blog posting will out line a plan to create a World Aid Tax to be applied on all World stock Exchanges.

THE BEADY EYE ASKS. WHERE DO YOU THINK THE WORLD IS GOING

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Twenty-minute read.

Does our perception of the world reflect reality?

We hardly see the world as it is.

Technology is often touted as the savior that will rescue us from our misbegotten ways, redeem us, and put us on the track to utopia. Then there are the dystopian views, where the future is dominated by technology that either rule over us or saps us so completely of our humanity that we might as well be a bunch of gadgets ourselves.

There are countless challenges today both environmental and not.

Mostly, we see the world through a set of layers. These layers are made up of our emotions, past experiences, and beliefs, and whichever perception is held by most, is popularly deemed as the reality.

Among contemporary scientists and philosophers, the most popular solution to the mind-body problem is probably materialism.

According to neuroscience, the contents of your head are comprised of 86

billion neurons, each one linked to 10,000 others, yielding trillions of

connections.

Materialists aspire to explain feelings and experiences in terms of the chemistry of the brain. It is broadly agreed that nobody has the slightest clue as yet how to do it, but many are confident that we one day will.

For human beings to survive, they need to produce and reproduce the material requirements of life.

But, the real reality is different and it’s above any perception.

THERE ARE NO UNIQUE VOICES ANYMORE. 

Here we are once again with another verbal diarrhea conference at the Summit of America’s with the president of the USA delivering a version of his domestic economic pitch promising leaders from Latin America that the United States is committed to helping the region combat crime, corruption, and its economic struggles.

“We will introduce a new approach to managing migration and sharing responsibility across the hemisphere.”  A load of verbal bollix but it raises the question are we now heading into globalization vs regionalization?

If so why?

Because of the pandemic and the ongoing wars, today’s great powers have little choice but to spend their way to political stability, which is unsustainable, and or try to control knowledge that is unattainable due to technology. 

Because the internet is currently eliminating the middleman the Politicians who are in a representative democracy hence the shift to direct democracy – Popularism – with power now resides with those best able to organize knowledge.

                                         

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While the Earth, the planet, will continue to go its way regardless of what happens on the surface we are unable to act collectively and never will be able to do so.

We live toward incredible times where the only constant changes and the rate of change are increasing so fast that there seems to be no meaning to life.

Not until we eradicate poverty, establish free education, set aside ideological differences, change our primary focus to the long-term care of nature and people, remove profit for profit sake Algothrims, and create a World Aid Fund that we all can invest in. (See previous posts)

Not until when we are able to separate our own perception from reality we can take the necessary measures to be happy.

Not until we all realize that we are with Climate Change currently headed to a sixth mass extinction event and that this possibility alone needs to bond our collective conscious into acting like one.  

Unfortunately, I believe, that if we aren’t now past the point of recovery, if we don’t act soon, civilization and human habitation here will be untenable.

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There’s no going back we are now stuck in a sad chamber of denial as those who are in power hopelessly try to ward off the apocalypse by promoting unsustainable economic growth. Our TV screens are inundated with appeals for help, while the cost of everything from health care, housing education, energy, etc is rising more than one can earn.

We must unplug our brains from smartphones and start working together in large numbers, as part of a coordinated effort to achieve change. 

Like Evolution Migration goes both ways – out and in. 

Rests assured if we continue to ignore the climate the earth will force us to go only one way, with the world passing through a nuclear war if we continue to ignore the warning signs.

If this happens humans will finally have little to no reason to fight.

What’s the point? 

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China faces further economic slowdown, according to future predictions.

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution forces us to think about where today’s innovations are taking us, when it comes to what our world will look like, in the medium-term – how we will organize our cities, where we will get our power from, what we will eat, what it will mean to be a refugee – it gets even trickier. 

I predict the internet will go spectacularly supernova and fifty years from now catastrophically collapse.

With the world’s superpowers thrown into chaos as they come to grip with new powers, financial slowdowns, and emerging economies it will be the start of Apple’s path to world domination. 

National leaders will find themselves under increasing pressure from their people, putting a strain on inter-country relationships.

The main political tendency will be away from multinational solutions to a greater nationalism driven by divergent and diverging economic, social and cultural forces with technology and political alining against Mega Power. With countries looking at solving their own problems before looking outward the Climate will continue to heat up.

Nations will increasingly adopt protectionist policies as well as look at ways of further securing borders, something which has already begun to take place as Europe grapples with the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

Rising military costs, declining oil prices, and internal issues will all weaken Russia further with its inability to control the federation creating a vacuum. It is unlikely that the Russian Federation will survive in its current form.

While it remains a major economic, political and military power, the United States will “be less engaged than in the past”, with the powerhouse learning some vital lessons from history.

China will continue to be a major economic force but will not be the dynamic engine of global growth it once was,

The EU will remain hostage to the economic wellbeing and competitive environment in which it operates.

Nation-states created by the west will collapse. 

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We all want to know the future unfortunately in a supposedly thriving economy we are now facing inflation as the real cost of living.

Trickle-down economics does not work. 

Social media is not simply a more sophisticated platform. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and Snapchat WhatsApp have turned into a gallery of Frankenstein’s monsters.

They are a new kind of assault on who we are, not just what we think.

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To have great predictions, these corporations have had to amass vast quantities of data on each of us – what is sometimes called “surveillance capitalism”, trading in human futures, herding us into our echo chambers of self-reinforcing information.

In doing so we lose more and more sense of the real world and of each other. With it, our ability to empathize and compromise is eroded.

We live in different information universes, chosen for us by algorithms whose only criterion is how to maximize our attention to advertisers’ products to generate greater profits for the internet giants.

Apps allowing us to hail a taxi or navigate our way to a destination are undoubtedly useful tools. But being able to find out what our leaders are really doing – whether they are committing crimes against others or against us – is an even more useful tool. In fact, it is vital if we want to stop the kind of self-destructive behaviors.

Advertisers have been playing with our brains in sophisticated ways for at least a century. And social atomization – individualism, selfishness, and consumerism – have been a feature of western life for at least as long. These aren’t new phenomena. It’s just that these long-term, negative aspects of western society are growing exponentially, at a seemingly unstoppable rate.

We live in a world in which a tree is worth more, financially, dead than alive.

For so long as our economy works in that way, and corporations go unregulated, they’re going to continue to destroy trees, kill whales, mine the earth, and to continue to pull oil out of the ground, even though we know it is destroying the planet and we know it is going to leave a worse world for future generations.

We are more profitable to a corporation if we’re spending time staring at a screen, staring at an ad, than if we’re spending our time living our life in a rich way.

Is the human race capable of pro-actively defining, harnessing, and expressing a collective consciousness, without the need for tragic experiences?

Much of the problem is around our inability to define collective consciousness. Who are we? Who do we want to be in the future? 

I think it is time to act.

Our paths have never been so clear. More than ever, science can tell us what different socioeconomic-emissions paths will mean in terms of future temperature.

Which will humanity choose?

The world is getting smaller every day. There is only one world, and it’s made of consciousness. Matter is what consciousness does. 

NO MANDATES. A long-standing issue is that the accords generally have no clear mechanisms for mandating that countries carry out their promises. World pressure and ethical considerations have to drive most of the agreements.

So, lots of promises, but no guarantee that countries will honor them.

“Once we have ruled out the impossible, what remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

Is the nature of global collective consciousness, yet another thing, such as climate change, that the population of this planet is going to happily sleepwalk towards, as it shrugs its collective shoulders and says, “Well, you know, sniff, what can you do?”

Drones hold potential for many environmental benefits but nature’s technologies and designs are more often than not far superior to our own. 

 Computers in our pockets offer huge conservation potential. 

 

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THE BEADY EYES PROPOSAL TO END THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF THE UKRAIN AND THE WAR.

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That means a settlement to end the war which is now becoming another proxy American war.

Preventative wars do more than just violate international humanitarian law; when powerful countries claim the right to invade other countries and topple their governments based on imagined scenarios that they declare unacceptably, they make the world an even more dangerous place.

Social media has enabled much sound and fury, proving about as productive as a dog’s attempt to chase its tail, albeit much less amusing.

It is ultimately up to the belligerents, Russia and Ukraine, to negotiate an end to the war with a political settlement.

Ukraine has paid a terrible price, while NATO has paid none at all.

This war might have started with Ukrain aspiration to join Nato but Ukraine was part of the Russian empire for centuries and was also part of the USSR.

It became independent in 1991 when the Soviet Union dissolved after the Cold War.

There has been tension between Ukraine’s old ties to Russia and new allegiances with Western nations ever since. More than 14,000 people have died in the fighting in the region, known as the Donbas, and at least two million people have been forced to flee their homes.

Russia did recognize the independence of two eastern provinces in Ukraine and followed up by sending Russian troops across the Ukrainian border.

Even if Russia does win in Ukraine, it would inherit “40 million mostly hostile Ukrainians.

In reality, Putin’s vision of a single people bound together by a common heritage and religion ignores a lot. because the story of Ukraine is not one of uninterrupted Russian brotherhood, but an extended tug-of-war over religion, language, and political control.

There was an effort to set up a separate pro-Russian Donetsk–Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic, which presaged the struggle a century later in the eastern portions of Ukraine.
 
Putin’s error comes in his insistence on transforming a complex, entangled history between the two countries into a simplistic morality tale that serves his own interests.
 
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Russia is likely to de-escalate only if it can find a face-saving way to end its invasion.
 
The question, therefore, is how to achieve this on both sides.
 
Here is a viable solution. 
 
The Donbas, region becomes a natural non-nato federal providence with open borders. 
 
Ukraine is assimilated into the EU with a special trade deal for the federal providence. 
 
This might satisfy Putin’sanimosity toward democracy while getting the EU to look at the larger context with a deeper view of the role of NATO, and to think about the European security order we might hope for in the future.
 
We need a new structure for Pan-European security, not old ones!
 
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THE BEADY EYE ASKS. WHO DO YOU THINK WAS THE GREATEST EXPLORE OF THEM ALL?

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To know a world it has to be explored and this list contains many explorers down the centuries for the title.

From Robinson Crusoe to Armstrong. Marco Polo to Drake. Columbus to Vasco da Gama. Captian Cook to Mungo Parks. Magellan to Livingston, too many you probably never heard of and some that you will no doubt add. 

In no critical classification or historical order here are some to consider.

ZHENG HE.  His real name was Ma He (1387 – 1433)

One of the greatest admirals and diplomats in world history is considered one of the first conquerors of the oceans. Setting out six centuries ago on the first of seven landmark voyages, he reached south-east Asia, India, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and as far as the east coast of Africa. Some say he may even have made it to America.

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MARCO POLO.

Discovered the Far East.

CRISTOBAL COLON – CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS.

Christopher Columbus commandeered the three ships Nina, Santa Maria, and Pinta during his voyage which started off from Palos, Spain on August 3, 1492.

Did Christopher Columbus Discover America 

Did Christopher Columbus discover America before other Europeans?

Modern research has suggested that wasn’t even the case. It’s clear that plenty of people got there thousands of years before Columbus.

Who discovered America can’t be fully answered without also asking what it means to find a place that is already inhabited by millions of people.

Perhaps most famously, a group of Icelandic Norse explorers led by Leif Erikson likely beat Columbus to the punch by around 500 years. Perhaps a band of Irish monks who made it to America in the sixth century. There is no evidence that Columbus ever set foot on mainland North America.

As for Columbus, he was plagued with ship trouble during his final trip back to Spain and was marooned in Jamaica for a year. The place he actually landed was the island of the Bahamas. Columbus returned to Spain after this voyage. 

Chinese Admiral Zheng was the first to discover America or maybe it was a Buddhist monk from China named Hai-Shen is said to have reached North America.

Hai-Shen reached a fabled land of Fu-Sang upon traveling to the east.

If we set the question of the discovery of America aside for some time, it can be said that Columbus took the world into a new age of colonialism. His discovery encouraged many people to take voyages to the Americas.

Carbot John and his son Sabastian. 1497

Five years after Columbus they rediscovered Newfoundland. In May 1497 John Cabot and his crew, under the commission of England’s King Henry VII, left Bristol with a ship called Matthew. He is said to have reached North America on 24th June 1497 and returned to Bristol on 6th August 1497.

Captain Verrazano John.1524.

Sailed from Maderia to what is now known as the state of North Carolina in the USA encountering Indians of the south-eastern coast.

JACQUES CARTIER. 1534.

Sailed up the St LAWRENCE.

JOHN DAVIS.  1585.

Discovered the Davis straits. Sailed around the southern extremity of Greenland.

VASCO DA GAMA.Vasco Da Gama / We Came To Look For Christians And Spices First ...

On his first voyage to India (1497–99), he traveled around the Cape of Good Hope with four ships, visiting trading cities in Mozambique and Kenya en route to India. His voyages to India opened the sea route from western Europe to the East. 

 

FERNAO MAGELHAENS.

Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese Fernão de Magalhães, Spanish Fernando de Magallanes or Hernando de Magallanes, (born 1480, Sabrosa or Porto?, Portugal—died April 27, 1521, Mactan, Philippines), In 1519 he left Sevilla with five ships and about 270 men. He sailed around South America, quelling a mutiny on the way and discovering the Strait of Magellan. With three ships left, Magellan crossed the “Sea of the South,” later called the Pacific Ocean because of their calm crossing. He was killed by inhabitants of Mactan Island in the Philippines.

FRANCIS DRAKE.

 

Voyage to bottom of the sea for Sir Francis Drake's remains - CNN

Sailed the Pelican.  Drake is best known for his circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580.

 

CAPTAIN JAMES COOK. James Cook Biography - Life of British Explorer

Had to be an incredible man that set out on Endeavour to discover whether there was a continent lying nearer the south pole than Africa or South America. He sailed around the world three times discovering New Zealand, Eastern Australia, most of North-Eastern Asia, and Northwestern North America. He sailed within 19 degrees of the South Pole.   

WILLIAM DAMPIER.

Was an English explorer, pirate, privateer, navigator, and naturalist who became the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. 

WALTER RALEIGH.

An English statesman, soldier, writer, and explorer, led an expedition in search of El Dorado. Undertook a circumnavigation of the globe during the War of Jenkins’ Ear.

MUNGO PARK.

Scottish explorer of West Africa. After an exploration of the upper Niger River around 1796, 

BRUCE JAMES.

Set off in search of the source of the Nile. He traveled from Cairo to the Red Sea by way of the desert, then struck south eventually reaching Gondar Ethiopia. He then headed westward across the terrible landscapes of Sudan with mountains and deserts. It would be two years before he reached Cairo.  

JOHN HANNING SPEKE.

Made three exploratory expeditions to Africa. He is most associated with the search for the source of the Nile and was the first European to reach Lake Victoria, 

BAKER SAMUEL.

He is mostly remembered as the first European to visit Lake Albert, as an explorer of the Nile and interior of central Africa, and for his exploits as a big game hunter in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

BURTON RICHARD.

Burton’s best-known achievements include a well-documented journey to Mecca in disguise and a journey with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile.

LIVINGSTON DAVID.

Livingstone was constantly on the move into the African interior: He was the first European to reach Lake Mweru (November 8, 1867) and Lake Bangweulu (July 18, 1868). Assisted by Arab traders, Livingstone reached Lake Tanganyika in February 1869. Despite illness, he went on and arrived on March 29, 1871, at his ultimate northwesterly point, Nyangwe, on the Lualaba leading into the Congo River. This was farther west than any European had penetrated. responsible for the first European sighting of Lake Ngami (August 1, 1849).  He named the Victoria Falls.

Livingstone may well have influenced Western attitudes toward Africa more than any other individual before him. His discoveries—geographic, technical, medical, and social—provided a complex body of knowledge that is still being explored.

STANLEY HENRY.

Besides his discovery of Livingstone, he is mainly known for his search for the sources of the Nile and Congo rivers.

ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON.

Born in County Kildare, Ireland. After the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911, with Roald Amundsen’s conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to the crossing of Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole. He died of a heart attack while his ship was moored in South Georgia.

LEIF ERICSSON.

Decided to find the New World. Ericsson is said to have reached what is today’s L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada with his crew of 35.

SAMUEL WHITE BAKER.

 

Baker is best known for his discovery of Lake Albert in Central Africa, along with his exploration of the Nile 

YURI GARARIN. 

First to orbit the earth 

NEIL ALDEN ARMSTRONG, BUWW ALDRINEIL, MICHAEL COLLINS.

Neil Armstrong facts: Neil Armstrong's photographed with his mission for NASA 

It was a feat for the ages. They sat on top of a rocket as tall as a 36-story building with engines burning 735,000 gallons of liquid propellant to create two million pounds of thrust accelerating the Shuttle from 4,828 kilometers (3,000 mph) to over 27,358 kilometers (15,000 mph) before taking it on a trajectory into orbit in mere minutes.

Watched by around 530 million people they Traveled 240,000 miles from the Earth to the moon in 76 hours. Neil and Buzz were the first humans to step foot on the moon and the first Peaceful Exploration for Humanity because there were no resident inhabitants. 

Jeanne Baret. Jeanne Baret

Back in the late 18th century, French explorer Jeanne Baret became the first woman ever to circumnavigate the Earth. Unfortunately, she had to do it in the guise of a man. 

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For me, it’s a toss-up between Cook and the Space boys.

Cook was the first white many a tribe laid eyes on. With the arrival of his ship Resolution with his men, he knew that his men were riddled with gonorrhea and syphilis, killing a lot of them by bringing Venereal Disease (VD) and Tuberculosis which ended up devastating populations.

It turned out that Cook was not a god, killed by Hawaiian Islanders, who were not cannibals. They believed that the power of a man was in his bones, so they cooked part of Cook’s body to enable the bones to be easily removed.

The Space boys are the last human form of exploration.

From here on exploration of distant stars and worlds will be electrical! bio-engineered robots. 

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS. WE NEED A GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING OF MIGRATION .

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Science shows that Europe is a continent of immigrants and always has been. All Europeans today are a mix. The people who live in a place today are not the descendants of people who lived there long ago.

When one looks back on history most countries were established by migration with the removable of the Aboriginal (original) inhabitants. The tribes of America, the Maori of New Zealand, the Aborigines of Australia, and three waves of immigrants settled in prehistoric Europe.

In an era of debate over migration and borders, Migrant and refugee are just two of the many terms we use to describe people who are seeking new homes in other countries. It is becoming increasingly common to see the terms ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’ being used interchangeably in media and public discourse.

But is there a difference between the two, and does it matter?

Simply speaking, a migrant is someone who chooses to move, and a refugee is someone who has been forced from their home. 

The distinction is an important one, as there are certain rights for people deemed refugees, whereas migrants have no such rights.Hundreds of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean aboard a fishing boat, moments before being rescued by the Italian Navy as part of their Mare Nostrum operation in June 2014.

All people are born with fundamental rights and dignity. That includes migrants.

Behind every migrant family and host community is a story. The stories can be positive or negative, but we cannot hope to understand migration without hearing them. There are presently around 258 million international migrants. That figure is proliferating since the turn of the millennium when there were 173 million.

Migrants are subjected to a country’s immigration laws and procedures and can be turned away or deported back to their homeland.

No matter what name migration is given it is just not the movement of people from one place to another it is a mixing of cultures.  (Cultural diffusion is the spread of cultural beliefs and social activities from one group of people to another. The mixing of world cultures through different ethnicities, religions, and nationalities has only increased with advanced communication, transportation, and technology.)

An asylum seeker is someone who has asked the government for refugee status and is waiting to hear the outcome of his or her application.

It becomes clear that we cannot just look at migration at the national level. Of course, governments decide on their own migration laws and policies – whether they have to do with security, education, health, or employment. They have done this throughout history. They do it today.

Our current response to international migration is sustainable.

In general, migrants pay more taxes than receive benefits. Newcomers also enrich the cultures of their host communities, and those who return to their countries of origin bring back new skills and ideas. Yet irregular migration is a continuous challenge that exposes migrants themselves to exploitation and abuse. And host communities also have legitimate concerns that we need to listen to.

For example.

The recent UK and Rwanda migration and economic development partnership to address shared international challenge of illegal migration and break the business model of people-smuggling gangs. Rwanda where a genocidal war killed 800,000 people has already around 150,000 refugees from neighboring Burundi and DR Congo.

( It is not the first time  England has exported the unwanted. Today, one in five Australians is the descendant of a convict from Ireland or England. Australia’s oldest city Sydney in the late 18th century was a penal colony to house its surplus of petty criminals — a murky past that continues to leave its mark on the country today.)

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The reality of migration as seen in statistics does not always correspond to what we hear in public discussions.

There are an estimated 272 million international migrants – 3.5% of the world’s population. Although refugees and internally displaced persons make up a relatively small portion of the total number of migrants, they are often most in need of help.

India remains the main origin of international migrants, with 17.5 million Indian-born people living abroad. Mexico and China both also have more than 10 million former residents spread around the world.

Asia hosts the most migrants, with 80 million residing in the region.

In fact, almost 80 percent of English speakers in the world are non-native speakers due to the spread of the language through imperialism and trade.

Cultural diffusion is rapidly becoming the human face of climate change.

Internal climate migrants are Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America could see more than 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050.

Although migration is a global phenomenon, there is still no global understanding of how to manage it. No single country can manage migration on its own because it is motivated, first and foremost, by the lack of economic opportunities at home.

If migration is managed properly, migrants can boost economic growth by filling gaps in fast-growing sectors and by increasing the working-age population.

This is the true beauty of cultural diffusion, that expansion of the mind.

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The global approach to asylum and migration is broken. 

We have a small window now, before the effects of climate change deepen, to prepare the ground for this new reality.

Together with the increasing volume, we are seeing changing demographics, advancing technology, evolving needs of labor markets, and continued challenges posed by wars, shortages, human rights violations, and climate change WHEN ANY HOPE OF ORDERLY AND REGULATED MIGRATION  WILL DISAPPEAR WITH THE GLOBAL SOUTH POURING INTO THE  THE GLOBAL NORTH. 

Moreover, climate change, as indicated by a recent World Bank report, will accelerate the trend, by driving an estimated 140 million people from their homes in the coming decades.People arriving in Dover today after being picked up trying to cross the channel in a small boat.

Be under no illusion; people smugglers are not humanitarians. They are organized criminals whose evil business finances other serious crimes. The challenge, then, is to find a sustainable solution that is fair to everybody. There is no single solution.

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THE BEADY EYE ASK: JUST WHAT IS INFLATION IN ECONOMIC TERMS?

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An economist will tell you that inflation is the term used to describe the general rise in the price of goods and services over a certain period. Put another way, inflation is when money loses value over time.

I SAY THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN THAT.

Inflation doesn’t impact all consumers equally but plays a significant role in an economy by redistributing wealth, with consumers becoming poorer, limiting their disposable income.

Ever since the pandemic outbreak, the woes of the common man have been multiplying every day with gas and energy price increases leading the way to higher inflation with no gaps to stop it. 

We and governments are unable to cut short our expenses so there’s a domino effect with the UK going through a ringer, especially when it comes to its economy.

A combination of Quantitive Easing, Brexit, the Pandemic, the Ukrainian-Russian war, and Supply/demand shortages, not to mention other hair brain projects have all added to inflation.

It certainly appears that things are going to get worse. Maybe much worse, so what can be done?

Much of the economy depends on consumer confidence, right?

We can agree that a healthy economy is the only solution to maintaining or gaining a better standard of living for everyone. Without that, we can forget about solving any “existential problems.”

Taxpayers already toil half their working lives just to pay off the taxman.File photo dated 24/01/18 of UK five pound, ten pound, twenty pound and fifty pound notes with one pound coins, as The Government has promised to fund violence reduction units (VRUs) for the next three years in a bid to tackle serious crime. PA Photo. Issue date: Friday April 1, 2022. The Home Office has vowed to spend an additional ?64 million on VRUs over the next 12 months after research suggested they were helping cut violent crime. See PA story POLITICS Violence. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Governments get their revenue from taxation.

It’s been calculated that tax revenue will total £873 billion in 2020/2021, £63 billion more than in 2019/2020 (£810 billion). Public spending is expected to be £928 billion, £86 billion more than it was last year (£842 billion). This is £55 billion more than what the tax revenue will be this year.

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in very high levels of public spending. Current estimates of the cost of Government measures announced range from about £310 to £410 billion. This is the equivalent of about £4,600 to £6,100 per person in the UK.

Yet taxes should be transparent and understandable. But how many people know how much tax is on a pint of beer? Or a flight to Marbella? Or a liter of petrol? Having so many different indirect taxes removes transparency and makes ethical decision-making more difficult.

Currently, 31.4 million must file an often complicated tax return.Turning up the tax heat in the UK

In the United Kingdom, the value-added tax or value-added tax, VAT was introduced in 1973, replacing Purchase Tax, and is the third-largest source of government revenue, after income tax and National Insurance.

As VAT is levied on revenues and not profits it harms low-margin businesses disproportionately. As any fool knows, the first principle of VAT is that you should be able to calculate it in your head.

It is the one stealth tax that the right doesn’t seem to mind.  

It seems that this tax is the wrong way round.

We shouldn’t be taxing businesses that add value, but those that do not.

For instance, are Internet sales taxable?  

Here is the problem. Knowing and understanding are two different things.

There are two different sorts of inflation.

Demand-pull inflation is when demand for a particular product or service outstrips supply, forcing businesses to raise costs.

This combined with Cost-push inflation is caused by the rise in raw materials prices.

We know that capitalism for profits is out of control. 

We know that what’s vital is for people to feel empowered to hold corporations accountable but don’t hamstring them.

We know that government interventions lag behind what is needed and this puts additional strain on businesses that will start the cycle again by laying off more workers. 

We know that the latest inflation surge is primarily driven by soaring energy and fuel prices and the war in Ukraine also pushing food prices higher and the Russia-Ukraine conflict is expected to drive these even higher.

We know that tax reform is now essential and the question is whether the various tax reliefs that people currently enjoy are ‘fit for purpose. The ever-widening gap between the nations’ income from tax take and expenditure on social and health care now makes a review an imperative to put the UK’s public finances back on a more sustainable footing.

We know that the National Debt has steadily grown as a result of essential expenditure during both war and peace, and the payment of ‘interest’ on it has long been an unavoidable item of annual expenditure

“Taxation is the price we pay for civilization.” Taxation represents the replacement of the handshakes of commerce with the threat of force as an instrument for human governance.

Taxation is an instrument in a continuing war over how human relationships are to be constituted.

As taxation recedes, handshakes and promises become more prominent in human governance. As taxation expands, duress, threats, and force take on greater significance.

Because the mere possession of the power to employ force almost inevitably expand its use beyond its necessary limits

If taxes were replaced by voluntary contributions, it would be impossible for anyone to claim that the state was involved in expropriating private property. At the same time, it is argued, that people would have strong incentives to take free rides on the contributions of others. As a result, services such as civil order and national security, which we all value, are likely to be underfunded.

A central tenet of democratic ideology is the belief that taxation is something we do to ourselves for our common benefit and nondiscriminatory taxation impedes efforts to use taxation to reward or punish certain forms of activity. Yet a great deal of tax legislation rewards or punishes specific forms of activity.

Once a government acquires the power to reward or punish particular types of activity, the principle of broad-based, nondiscriminatory taxation quickly evaporates under the heat of politics. The result is unlimited power to tax, where the only limit on the reach of the tax collector is the pragmatic one of political pressure and votes.

|s there any solution? 

What are all benefits that were withdrawn over a period of ten years and replaced by a basic living wage?

The vat was replaced by a sales tax not applicable to essentials. Sales tax hits consumption instead of income. That means we’ll consume less and thus decrease the national carbon footprint.

Then at least people would have the power over where when and how they spend.   

“Taxation is theft”

When the government plans to spend money on something (support for the arts, a space program, a national retirement program, and so on), one should ask: would it be permissible to steal from people in order to run this sort of program? If not, then it is not permissible to tax people in order to run the program, since taxation is theft. 

As we see over and over allowing some individuals to assume the role of a government, possessed of the unique powers associated therewith, is unlikely to compel those individuals to act more nobly or selflessly.

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS. FOR GOD SAKE SHE ONLY WOMEN.

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According to the current presentation of the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations by the BBC, you would think that there was nobody else created other than the Queen.

The four-day celebrations are estimated to cost 1.2bn and 3.66 bn with the tax contributing 28 million.  

This is a country in the middle of a cost of living crisis with approximately 2.17 billion people using food banks, that in 2020/21 spent approximately 44.6 billion pounds on arms.

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In reality, she is a privileged female born by chance into a culture that is totally out of date.

The days of the Empire have gone with the British monarchy representing the last of its recent colonial history.   

If she remains on the throne until the summer of 2024, the Queen will become the longest-reigning European monarch of all time, eclipsing even the 72 years of the Sun King himself, Louis XIV of France.Illustration by David Foldvari.

Time to face change.

What should happen in the future to the constitutional monarchy is an entirely proper question for modern Britain to consider, especially now. 

There is nothing wrong with an outpouring of national affection for the Queen and a feel-good event for a country that has been noticeably deprived of fun recently but the old order is passing.

The British monarchy is on the threshold of a new phase after a long, stable – and feminized – period in its history. 

I believe this is the time that Britain needs to talk more – and talk more publicly and seriously – about what should come next.

Why?

Because of the role of the monarchy and its place within a democracy, the state, and the rule of law, are serious questions that should be embodying today’s values.

These could include the appropriate constitutional, political, and military roles of the monarch, including with other nations; the regulation, financing, and accountability of the monarchy; the size of the royal household maintained by the state.

The laws of succession and the appropriate ceremonies for the inauguration of the new monarch, including their religious dimension, the coronation, and the coronation oath.

The next coronation will be a tourist money-spinner for Britain. But it will also have immense constitutional meaning.

The oath that the new monarch swears embody issues of church and state that are especially problematic in a nation with an established church, and in which less than half of the public describe themselves as religious believers of any kind.

Should the whole institution be moved sole a tourist attraction?

Because behind the screen of the monarch a person is set apart from the nation.

Charles the next in line would become a benign figure, a symbol on whom everyone can project whatever they want him and Britain to stand for.

It’s too late to be analyzing all the mutually contradictory things the Queen has seemed fine with over her exceptionally long reign that isn’t going to help the country and would be very unfair on an elderly woman who has handled the frankly surreal circumstances of her existence with stoicism and dignity.

So the British monarchy could be on its “last legs” It is linked to the Queen and not the institution itself.

England is on the precipice of breaking up and the Queen can’t be in two places at once or ware several crowns.   

On her departure, the “The Firm” The Monarchy – its purpose, what it’s about, will be questioned and challenged in a way that it hasn’t been before.

Prince George with the Duke and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the Royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour

As an Irishman, I say God save the Queen. After all, after 700 years of occupation, she had the balls to make a state visit to the Republic of Ireland from 17 to 20 May 2011.

It was the first visit by a reigning British monarch to the Republic of Ireland since the 1911 tour by Elizabeth’s grandfather King George V when the entire island of Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 

Thomas Cromwell tried to crush the church and destroy all symbolic attachment to the Monarchy, he was beheaded. 

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THE BEADY EYE LOOKS AT SOCIAL MEDIA AND WHAT THE METAVERSE WILL DO TO SOCIETY.

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Just imagine a world where there are two of you, one real and the other existing in the metaverse. 

Social media has revolutionized the information world but whether it is a boon or a curse, remains a matter of debate because the online world blurs the lines between reality and virtual reality, the metaverse will be the final straw.

Today, we often perceive anyone who shuns social media as old or out of touch. However, they might be the most mentally fit among us.

The more grounded you are in your authentic value as a human being, the less likely you are to be a heavy user of social media and also to be negatively affected by it. 

No matter which side you are on it has impacted the way we communicate, collaborate, and consume everyday life, from work and shopping to politics.

Now, it’s impossible to separate the role of social media from society.  

It has become such an integral part of our lives that people actually cannot live without it.

There was a time when people were not able to go to the courts and ask for justice but social media has become a very powerful source to share every injustice happening in society.

Social media helps to express all the oppression, abuse, and injustice that happened to the people. It supports every person publicly speaking for their rights and talking against violence. Thus social media also serves the purpose of fighting for human rights in society.

At the moment it would only take one day of no social media to cause chaos and world markets to collapse. 

Why?

Because you don’t even need a computer or a fixed-line internet connection anymore. You can pull out your phone and send a message.


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Several studies and researchers have associated social media with several psychiatric disorders, including depressive symptoms, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

Today, the internet makes shopping more efficient because it’s quicker and cheaper than going into a store. The tradeoff is in losing visual and tactile experiences, and the sensation of being in a crowd or a shared sense of reality and place.

Because participating on the different social media platforms is no longer a privilege but a mandate.

That said, does social media provide benefits and benefits alone?

Not at all.

These platforms also come with a dark side that can damage you in many ways. Anybody can make a fake account and do anything without being traced.

Social media is removing the gap between higher authorities and the public.

Excessive addictive use of Social media has destroyed mental health as it influences individuals’ soundness, which I am sure has contributed not just to Brexit but the mass killings we are now witnessing.   

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So what is the metaverse?

In short, the metaverse is (conceivably) the next frontier for the internet.

It seeks to create embodied experiences that will push many parts of the web as we know to their limits.

We don’t yet know the full repercussions of what making the virtual a little more life-like could be; just as it was difficult to predict how the World Wide Web would impact society the metaverse will remove us further from reality. 

There will be many unanswered questions.

They cover the creator economy, tribalism, and the real costs associated with the metaverse – and maybe show how little we know.

Will there be one metaverse or many? (And why might one be better than the other?“

It depends.” Is there a single internet, or are there multiple internets?)

Even if a single implementation of the metaverse becomes mainstream, we’ll find ways to divide it into mini-metaverses that serve our gathering needs. This is neither a good nor a bad thing – it’s simply part of being human.

The metaverse will reconstruct the web from a flat two-dimensional experience into an immersive, interactive three-dimensional experience that resembles a massive multiplayer video game.

The metaverse might allow us to reclaim our past while still preserving the efficiencies of going digital.

This sense of freedom from physical limitations spans all aspects of identity. On a vast scale, people will be able to recreate themselves and be anything they want to be – no matter their race, gender, or size.

If you could experience reality virtually, why would you leave your home?

So it is that the metaverse presents a contradiction:

In the absence of UGC, User-generated content the metaverse would be nothing more than a static environment where people could look but not interact (like watching a movie).

If the metaverse is to be as interactive, immersive, and experiential as professed, the world cannot rely only on companies to flesh it out.

We won’t just have social media, but very social media. “Holding” crypto could take on a literal meaning. Our online identities would have substance and form, and might, therefore, be treated with a higher level of respect than we currently give our avatars and usernames.

Living a virtual life.  

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS. WE ARE NOW ENETERING A PERIOD WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO TRULEY EXPERENCE WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE..

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AS YOU KNOW IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING LIFE HAS TO OFFER. EVEN IF IT WAS POSSIBLE THERE ARE MANY EXPERIENCES WE WOULD WISH TO AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

SUCH AS THE LATEST MASS KILLINGS IN TEXAS, THE CURRENT WARS, POVERTY, BEING BURIED ALIVE, RAPED, JAILED FOR LIFE, CANCER, AND GOING BLIND NOT TO MENTION A SELECTION OF DISEASES. 

The list is endless, but there is another aspect of the matter.

Every genuine experience has an active side that changes to some degree the objective conditions under which experiences are had and I believe that experiences are the basis upon which society progresses.

Experience does not go on simply inside a person they influence the formation of attitudes of desire and purpose, but they do not define a society as either developed or civilized.

However, it is experience alone that guides decisive action through hands-on. They teach you how to apply learnings to produce favorable outcomes regardless of any concepts you might have learned.

In a world that values differentiation more than anything else, experience lets you craft your own story while the rest of the people stick to an old and obsolete script.

Experience gives you access to a huge network of people who have been there and done that but the most valuable contribution of experience comes from the self-awareness it gives you.

Experience vs education is a constant battle.

A mixture of experience and education is the best. But the stats beg to differ.

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Across the globe, mobile devices dominate in terms of total minutes spent online. As a result influence, Social media. It is now being used in ways that shape politics, business, world culture, education, careers, innovation, and more to rewire human society. 

Because social networks feed off interactions among people, they become more powerful as they grow. Enabled people of all ages to just google things, not actually try to remember or memorize information.

The phones have become our masters. It was intended to make our lives easier in terms of communication, now it has become an extension of our hands.

Unregulated Social media is promoting social ills.

LIVING IN SYSTEMS THAT ARE PREVENTING US FROM BECOMING WHO WE TRULY ARE. WE ARE LOSING OUR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE CULTURE LIVING IN A WORLD WHERE EXPERIENCING REAL LIFE IS BECOMING VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE. Where Most Needed

 As a result, the real problems of the world are being ignored. 

Increased visibility of issues has shifted the balance of power from the hands of a few to the masses but this awareness is not translating into real change because people are given options that absolve them from the responsibility to act. Injustice is one of the biggest issues in today’s society, there are many consequences.

Technology is anything that makes life simpler but the cellphone as a branch of technology is destroying us.

We need to think much deeper and critically to be certain that we have the authority over our own lives. When you’re not in a room with someone, it can be hard to express your personality and how you could fit into a new environment.

Let’s start with a few quotes.  

“Without sensibility, no object would be given to us, and without understanding, none would be thought. Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind”.

“Experience arises together with theoretical assumptions, not before them, and an experience without theory is just as incomprehensible as is (allegedly) a theory without experience.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method pg 151. Against Method (1975)

“Experience by itself teaches nothing…Without theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence without theory, there is no learning.”
W. Edwards Deming, The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education (1993)

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Oscar Wild

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There is so much more to life than what you experience right now.

Here are a few reasons why you should value experience over education. 

Experiencing’ attaches itself to nothing while at the same time being everything.

Experiencing’ does not get concerned about not remembering. ‘Experiencing’ has no need to remember.

Experiencing’ holds nothing yet is aware deeply of everything.

When we realize there is nothing to capture we relax in the awareness of just ‘experiencing’. 

Experiencing ‘experiencing’ is the Fullness. When ‘It’ Is all here where else could we go?!

Answering interview questions with no experience can be a daunting prospect.

Everyone has to start somewhere in a world where doing is highly valued. It’s one of the most well-known conundrums of the career world. No experience, no job. No job, no experience.

EVIDENCE THAT OUR CULTURE IS IN DECLINE.

This becomes obvious to those who are willing to actually travel the world learning about the cultures of others.  They gain a more reliable picture of life as it is lived.

The most important thing that one can do to rise above the insanity of this world, is to be willing to get educated by those who have zero financial interest in their taking their stand for what they believe.

Just because you don’t have ‘direct’ experience, it doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to offer.

It’s been said that information is power. Without a means of distributing information, people cannot harness its power. Ultimately, sharing is about getting people to see and respond to content. 

Birds of a feather tend to hang out in the same ponds. And the best way to prove you’re a duck is to spend as much time as possible in the right pond.

History does not lie – it is just that the masses do not know their history.

There is a line by Verlaine that I will not remember again.
There is a street nearby that is off-limits to my feet.
There is a mirror that has seen me for the last time.
There is a door I have closed until the end of the world.
Among the books in my library (I’m looking at them now)
Are some I will never open.
This summer I will be fifty years old.
Death is using me up, relentlessly.
—from Inscriptions (Montevideo, 1923) by Julio Platero Haedo

Where are?

Stormzy wore a flat jacket in (2019) at Glastonbury, and Abba appeared digitally yesterday.

What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over. Larkin 

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS . I TOLD YOU SO WE ARE WELL ON THE WAY TO A DEPESSION NOT A RESSION

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The global economic outlook is deteriorating because of the COVID-19,  rising interest rates, and a cost of living crisis, UKRAIN RUSSIAN WAR.  

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN ECONOMIC GURU TO KNOW THAT THERE’S LITTLE DOUBT THAT A RECESSION IS INEVITABLE.

IF THINGS WORSEN WE ENTER A DEPRESSION WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR. 

The Ukraine/Russia. It’s taken a human toll of tragic proportions, driven energy and food prices higher, and created macro uncertainty around the world reducing the value of the global economy by $1 trillion.

It is already exacted a heavy toll. Though the outcome is unclear, the war will continue to weigh on global economies, with ramifications for central bank policy, energy, commodities, and more.

So what is the difference between a Recession and a Depression?  

recession is a downtrend in the economy that can affect production and employment, and produce lower household income and spending. The effects of depression are much more severe, characterized by widespread unemployment and major pauses in economic activity. Recessions can also be more localized, while depressions can have a global reach. ‘

When your neighbor loses his job it’s a recession; it’s a depression when you lose yours.

A depression is when wages are cut so low no one makes enough to live on and a recession is when the price of everything goes up so high no one makes enough to live on.

Depression is a major downswing (far more severe than a downward trend) in the business cycle; one which is characterized by sharply reduced industrial production, widespread unemployment, a serious decline or cessation of growth in construction, and great reductions in international trade and capital movements.

Even though some sectors of the economy may be presenting less than favorable conditions to both businesses and consumers, we aren’t in a depression right now. 

Only time will tell what the future has in store.

THE BEADY EYE SAYS. IT ALL GONE QUIET ON CLIMATE CHANGE.

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YOU WOULD WONDER WHY. AS IT IS OUR OWN SURVIVAL THAT IS NOW AT STAKE.

However, don’t take my word for it. 

With most of our planet run by boffins, the truth is far more worrying.

While the earth itself is preparing to release billions of tons of trapped methane we are still busy pumping billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere, to help it do so.  

Nobody is asking the question of what price should we attract to a century-long drought, the disappearance of the monsoon, the shut down of our ocean currents, the acidification of our oceans, the collapse of our polar regions, the submerging of our coastal cities, food shortages, mass migration, and pending wars.

Of course not.

You would think that any one of the above might cause concern.

People don’t care all that much they are more concerned with the cost of short-term living.

Here is a post by Lertzman, Renee Aron. Myth of apathy: psychoanalytic explorations of environmental degradation. Cardiff University (United Kingdom), 2010.

“Public apathy”

This term is wrongly applied to groups of people who are — on the contrary — experiencing complex and wide-ranging emotions about what is happening to them, the outcome of which is inaction.

Dr. Renée Lertzman, a psychologist and social scientist who studies the connection between psychology and ecological degradation, heads Project Inside-Out devoted to developing a new way of doing public outreach. Her Ph.D. thesis and book chapter on the Myth of Apathy were based on interviews with residents about local pollution and the resulting ecological devastation in Green Bay, Wisconsin but have wide-ranging applications to climate change apathy.

The key result of her research is that so-called apathy is largely a defense mechanism against underlying anxieties and a sense of powerlessness against the inevitable.

It turns out that when faced with environmental catastrophes, whether local or global, people tend to cope with their anxieties by pretending not to care.

People have a lot on their plate. Consider that we have to deal with pandemics, educational issues, crime, politics, and any number of other things clamoring for our attention on the national or global stage. That is all in addition to our own stuff.

We embrace things that make our lives easier or more comfortable then are made to feel guilty about it.

We often hear conflicting messages about how effective any of our actions are. Determining the cases where our actions matter almost requires an advanced degree. From recycling to wearing masks to buying organic to installing solar panels, it seems as though one size does not fit all.

Engaging people in global warming, however, is existential for us as a species — at least at our level of industrialization. We cannot give up.

If apathy and denial, however, are symptoms of deeper unconscious processes, then straightforward public awareness campaigns no longer work, especially in western democracies where decisions made from the top-down often backfire with political polarization. (If you think this is just an American or Anglo-American problem, you aren’t paying enough attention to global politics.) You can say that reducing carbon footprint does a global body good — to paraphrase the ’80s milk industry PSA — but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to drink it. In order for the painful process of overhauling the global economy to succeed, all hands need to be on deck.

Anxiety, mourning, loss, grief, and despair can all lead to not only apathy but active denial. Those people who you think are just ignorant or greedy and act it on the surface may not be. They might just feel hopeless or disconnected. This doesn’t only happen with ecological disasters. It can happen with local recessions such as the losses that turned much of the rust-belt (cities in states like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, etc.) into an economically depressed and abandoned region (Flint water crisis anyone?), with workers replaced by robots or their jobs shipped overseas. Faced with uncaring leadership and monied residents decamping for sunnier and wealthier states, this hopelessness led to the election of Donald Trump in 2016, a populist who offered false hope and did nothing to slow or stop the decline.

Public campaigns intended to ignite widespread change frequently fail because they don’t address the psychological “barriers to action”. In other words, if you want people to change their behavior to become more environmentally friendly or push for political change to that effect, you have to understand why they don’t respond as you would like. While we can talk about why people don’t act as they should, those reasons often obscure the real barriers which can be far more complex than the surface reasons.

Psychology has found that when threatened people often respond irrationally, especially when those threatening situations are modern. We simply didn’t evolve to manage long-term, regional or global problems. People are fully capable of worrying about the climate and outwardly denying or saying that there is nothing they can do about it even when both of those are false.

It is no accident that George Orwell’s 1984 (written in 1948) and the concept “doublethink” were published at the same time that Sigmund Freud was publishing on ego-splitting. Despite falling out of favor in many arenas, Freud’s ideas are relevant to understanding the psychological impact of global warming and climate change. The sense of impending doom or, in the aftermath, the trauma of lived environmental catastrophe creates a need to process it all while still functioning in a society that continues to contribute to that catastrophe.

While some of us are online expressing our fears and anxieties about a world in peril, a great number of others cannot process the loss — loss of weather or climate of the past, clean air and plentiful, clean water, and of pristine forests, rivers, and lakes. These create psychological defense mechanisms that any successful public campaign needs to diffuse. Shaming campaigns are hardly effective.

We have seen the standard of living rise through the industrial age. Knowing that the fruits and comforts of this age come at such a terrible cost can lead to intense psychic conflict. Unnameable terror becomes unthinkable and feelings become fractured. People cope by denial or projecting onto others. We say it’s not happening or it’s somebody else’s fault. Shifting agency from ourselves to others (politicians, billionaires, executives, and other nations) makes us feel better in the short term but only makes us sink deeper into our sense of helplessness and apathy.

The way out is to radically rethink our approach to public awareness.

First of all, we have to recognize the internal psychic conflict people are experiencing. Loss, mourning, grief, and anxiety all play a role in dealing with both what once was (say a pristine and flourishing environment containing ecological abundance), the desire for it to be that way again (often with a denial that anything going on is out of the ordinary), and the fear that there is nothing that can be done (and therefore nothing need to be done).

We need to rethink apathy. We don’t need to get people to care more. We don’t even need to inform them more. They already care. They already know a lot about what’s going on, and more information can just drive the psychic conflict deeper. That’s how you get conspiracy theories and organized denial campaigns. That is public awareness doing more harm than good.

Moralizing climate change and shaming people for not acting better because they are “apathetic” does not necessarily lead to positive action. Rather it can strengthen defenses and have exactly the opposite effect.

Lertzmann suggests that people need to find a “home” for their concerns and desire to help. Public awareness campaigns often seek to instruct people as to what they ought and ought not to be doing but don’t really “think outside the box” in terms of finding that home. Environmental protection isn’t a black and white activity with a list of things that help and a list of things that don’t.

People who do engage in this black and white thinking often feed their own apathy. They assume that if they aren’t or don’t feel they can be doing certain specific things that the “experts” want them to do then they should do nothing. They project onto experts their own feeling of helplessness and defend against it.

People have a psychological need to explain why they aren’t doing more in order to offset their feelings. People are full of excuses. They say all recycling just ends up in the trash, so don’t recycle. Renewable power is an eyesore or impractical, so use fossil fuel. Electric cars take too long to charge (depends on the battery and charging station) or just use fossil fuels from powerplants (not if those powerplants use renewables) or don’t last (neither do ordinary cars) or only the rich can afford them (not if manufacturers get on board), so buy gas ones. Environmental organizations are only interested in money or full of “tree huggers”, so don’t support them. All of these reasons are defenses coming from a much deeper awareness of the problem than a truly apathetic person would have.

People enjoy sharing stories like the one you are reading on social media. It feels like doing something. And you know what? It is. And more importantly, it is finding a home for that concern so it doesn’t slide down into projection and defense mechanisms. But those of us who are creating these public campaigns have to be careful about what we share.

Lertzmann argues that the central feature of engaging people with the environment such as climate change is creativity. That is, if people can participate creatively, they can avoid their psychological barriers because they are no longer subject to the guilt and conflict of not being able to do the “right things” that they believe are expected of them. When people do find ways to contribute and feel that they are contributing (have agency), their sense of loss and anxiety melts into pride and joy.

Look for example at the proposal for a water pipeline from the rain-drenched gulf coast to the drought-stricken American West. Perhaps if they can do it for oil, they can do it for water. That requires money, government support, and time, but the point is that creative ideas like this alone gain us agency over the problem.

Environmental outreach can learn from these ideas to avoid reinforcing feelings of being unwanted except as warm bodies to get on the right train to salvation or overwhelming people with the magnitude of the problem. With something like climate change, it is easy to feel like everything is hopeless, but that is untrue. It is easy to feel like there is nothing one person can do. But that is manifestly untrue. It is easy to feel like the solutions are too difficult for the ordinary person. That is likewise untrue because the solutions are manifold and some are not as obvious as others. It is easy to feel like the government or billionaires are the only ones with the power to fix things. That is absolutely untrue. They may have unique powers to help or hinder, but those powers do not eliminate the agency of any person to contribute in a meaningful way.

Outreach that simply focuses on consumer compliance — do this, buy that, don’t buy this — will almost certainly fail. That said a little guilt can be good. It can help people do the right thing. A lot of guilt will lead to withdrawal and denial.

Outreach that is sensitive to the overwhelming problems we face and focuses on having good ideas and making contributions rather than compliance will have a much better chance of succeeding.

It also helps to encourage people to stay engaged with the natural world. Research shows that, when people feel disconnected from nature, they can lose the need to protect it. When they spend time outdoors, they feel a need to preserve it.

Anger can also be a good motivator. It is healthy and constructive to say “no!” to destructive practices. Feelings of moral responsibility, concern, sadness and depression over our own actions can be good as well, provided it leads us not to withdraw and deny but to think creatively. For it is in creating, not complying, that we will solve global warming and climate change.

Climate change simply does not have the psychological and emotional characteristics that make it feel scary.

Sweeping statements like. ( We are at risk of pushing our climate system toward abrupt, unpredictable, and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts)

Just knowing about something has little to do with how scary or not it FEELS, and those feelings matter more than facts. 

Do we really need to care how much people care? How much does public concern really matter? A blasé public seems to be a problem, but just how big a problem is it, really?

The effects of climate change will ultimately get destructive as a war  (the damage has already begun but it will take hindsight before we fully realize it) but by then it will be far too late.

This is the reason that everyone engaged in combating climate change needs to help raise pressure on governments and businesses.

But the scope and complexity and urgency of what needs to be done are so much greater than anything that public support will ever truly push for. It requires nothing less than a radical restructuring of how the world makes and uses energy.

The evidence of the cost of extreme weather is now everywhere and we don’t know the extent of the climatic catastrophes that are to come will cost.  It is however estimated that by 2060 insurance claims will exceed the global gross domestic product.  

Instead, our world leaders are as usual creating false realities.

It is therefore no wonder that the rhetoric we are hearing from our world leaders is about enslaving the poor and bankrupting our economies to do climate policy. This is totally fallacious, but the problem remains as is how we will pay, who will pay, and how we can spread the cost fairly. 

Frankly barring some global economic meltdown we had better start spending to create a sustainable world.

Nature is fragile and it does not do a gradual change.  

There is no known natural effect that can explain the rise in global temperatures.

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The urgency of the climate change crisis really can’t be overstated.

Unless action is taken across all levels of society over the next decade, we’re looking at a near-future of droughts, flooding, and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

So here again are two suggestions to tackle the above on a fair and transparent base. 

With all-climate summits, the question of how to finance the change required (which is going to be in the trillions) is never answered.  

Here are two ways of doing this.

The first is to enable all of us to contribute to reversing the problem.

The second is to harness all profit for profit’s sake by introducing a world aid commission on all economic activities that are making a profit for profit’s sake.

Both create a perpetual fund  SO THAT THE UNITED NATIONS does not have to beg. 

There is around 160 Lottery in the world offering billions in prizes. They offer a one-off chance with a lottery ticket to win with the ticket becoming a worthless sheet of toilet paper after the draw, raising billions in revenue.

So what is there to stop the United Nations from creating and underwriting its own World Green Bonds, with guaranteed interest and lotto-style cash prizes drawn every month.

A new Green asset class in global capital markets could emerge.

(A government bond is a type of debt-based investment, where you loan money to a government in return for an agreed rate of interest. This makes bonds a fixed-income asset. Once the bond expires, you’ll get back to your original investment.)

To compete with the Lotto.

The UN Green Bonds could be issued with 8 years of tenure and 5 years of lock-in. (Premature redemption requests will not be allowed)

The bond can be bought by acquiring coupons that add up to a bond.

These coupons can be purchased both online and offline at the same price as a lotto ticket.

On reaching one hundred coupons an investor gets an acknowledged receipt of the purchase and a bond.  Then he receives the soft copy of the certificate to his/ her registered email address, and a few days later a certificate bond gets issued.

This Certified Bond is then eligible to enter the yearly draw to win 20 million.

The coupon is dated and numbered entering a Cash prize monthly or weekly draw like the lotto.   

Like the Lotto, if the prize is not won it rolls over to the next draw with an additional 20 million. 

The owner submits the certified bond online with his chosen lotto numbers.

If the investor does not win the additional value from holding the green asset bond derives from enhanced transparency and association with a green project financed by the bond.

The role of the UN would be to the underwriter.

Surety for bonds issues could be not just governments. Digital monopolies like Facebook, Net Flick, Apple, Microsoft, Drug Companies, etc. could be the financial Surety anchors. 

To evaluate financial risks, rates, and rules for a loan or investment for a project that meets certain pre-established environmental criteria.

As world economies feel the negative effects of the pandemic the threat of inflation is gathering pace the Green conversion is also gathering pace.

Europe has fostered an engaged and active green bond market so why not for the whole world.

This idea would let all of us invest digital, or not in the future while earning a fixed interest from that investment and if lucky win a cash prize.

The second suggestion is a world aid commission of 0.05% on all Sovergnity Fund acquisitions, on all currency transactions over 50,000$, on all algorithms that produce profit for profit’s sake, and on all lottos. 

The demands of life can often cause us to focus on things that don’t really matter. Take profit-seeking algorithms for example.

Hopefully, we can get more people to wake up while there is still time because the clock is ticking for humanity and for our planet as a whole and it will be rightly scary for the next generation who will be in the midst of it. 

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