Sunday, April 18, 2010

Social Pathology, ZM and Collapse documentary

If you would like to learn about what effects the monetary system has on societies please don't miss this awesome presentation about Social Pathology from Peter Joseph of the ZM:

You may also be interested in seeing the "Collapse" documentary, that clearly explains how a monetary and financial system requires infinite growth, which is impossible in the long run even without considering that resources -are- finite. And that this creates an infinite succession of bubbles of growth followed by crisis, which in turn increase inequality and poverty, feeding the growing plutonomies:

And if you care to know more about the Zeitgeist movement read this excellent article on it:

Some key points:
  • "It takes a different value system if you wish to change the world"
  • "Communism is still just another system with banks and social stratification"
  • "Our present model of society cannot sustain itself"
  • "20% of the American population controls 85% of the money. Also mentioning that the Walton family (of Wal-Mart) owns $90 billion while the lower 40% of America own $95 billion."
  • "Resource preservation is equal to human survival, and all the social ideologies that currently exist are inadequate because they don't address resources as a part of their fundamental principals."
  • "Automated labor would be perfected on a mass scale, something frowned upon in capitalism because it is equated with job loss and unemployment. Fresco insists eliminating all mundane jobs that insult human capacity when they can instead be relegated to machines that will act more precisely and productively."
  • "As idealistic as this may sound, keep in mind that there is currently enough food to feed everyone in the world, but not enough money to pay for it. One billion people (one-sixth of the world) are starving, yet American's throw out approximately 40% of their purchased food."
  • "Fresco says that in a world where everything is supplied, the majority of today's crimes would be non-existent, as they are primarily related to obtaining money and property, or born of social inequality."
  • "In a monetary society, Joseph points out, obsolescence is encouraged, as the shorter lifespan a product has, the more profit it generates in the long-term. Excess waste is built into the system, which flourishes from disposability and inefficiency. In a monetary system, Joseph says, change, abundance, sustainability, and efficiency are the enemies of profit. He goes on to add, "Corporations are not in competition with other corporations but with progress itself."
Or check out some excellent art on the subject:

And don't forget the fact that the only motive that powers the monetary system is self-interest. And you cannot expect that to care for how our world ends up.
We cannot accept not thinking of better alternatives.

So the question becomes: Where's the 100th monkey? :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Magnetic monopoles at room temperature

Magnets have two poles. One north and one south pole. Different poles attract each other, and equal poles repel each other. No matter how you cut a magnet, you always end up with two poles in each piece.
But scientists have longed theorized that magnetic monopoles (just a north or a south pole) should be possible, since in electricity, doing a parallel with electric charges, you can have for example a single negative charge, an electron, or a positive charge, a proton.
Some time ago scientists produced the first "monopole-like" nano structures at freezing temperatures.
Now scientists from London have created the first magnetic monopoles at room temperature.

You can read more about this on the related news page of the Imperial College of London.
Or watch a video from the scientists involved explaining it here.