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Corporations are not people. People are corporations!

corporations-are-not-peopleIt is widely known that according to Mitt Romney, and many Republicans in the United States, the beliefs are that corporations are people. I highly doubt that. I haven’t come across a corporation that has its best interests in its customers or the people that use them. Their main goal is to make a profit and keep their investors happy. Why do you think Walmart and Primark and others use or have used child slave labour in China and other countries? It’s because corporations save money on paying very little for the work than to hire local. That’s the reason of outsourcing jobs abroad. The US isn’t the only ones guilty of it. The United Kingdom regularly uses India for its call centres and other countries for sweatshop activities. The pay, I’m sure, isn’t the best for those who work in such places and they work long and hard just to put food on their tables. All the while the corporations are getting fatter with money and greed.
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It’s All About Sharing

sharing_is_not_piracyI went into my loft today to find a couple of odd cables that I needed for my new Raspberry Pi. Story of my life. Actually, what I came across was tons of junk that has been collected over the years that I just don’t care to really see anymore. Odd books. Old CDs that haven’t been digitised yet. Cables for computers. Even old VHS tapes. None of it is really sellable. I even have a garden shed full of tools and equipment that I use maybe a few times a year. If I’m not using them, then it means no one is and they sit all alone in a lonely place. Why can’t they just go to use whenever anyone needs something? It reminds me of this conversation:

Ned Flanders: Uh, huh-huh… Homer, ah… About those things you borrowed from me over the years, you know, the TV trays, the power sander, the downstairs bathtub… You gonna be… needing those things in Cypress Creek?
Homer: Yes.
Ned Flanders: Oh. Uh…
Homer: [coaches Flanders] Okily dokily…
Ned Flanders: Okily dokily!

It all may be funny, but do we really need to have these items hidden in a shed or loft somewhere? I can think of loads of things that I don’t use on a regular basis that I don’t mind people using them if they need to use it. Like my pitcher I use for my summer Pimms. I’m hardly going to be using it in winter. Although, someone might be having a summer themed party in the Read More…

Future of Education

Bored-in-class2-300x225Grow up. Go to school. Learn. Go up a year. Learn. Go up a year. Graduate. Learn how to do a job. Do the job. Retire. Die.

We shouldn’t have to keep doing this constantly for generations. It reminds me of a factory assembly line. Kids being pushed through in batches, built up for a job and then off to work. But it’s what our governments do to our children. They put them through school to learn jobs to keep up the economy. Once you finish high school, you may be one of the lucky ones to get a scholarship, or have wealthy parents to pay for the extortionate university fees. Some even join the military to get educational benefits, like myself, to help towards getting a degree.

Let’s start with the University degree. How useful is it now? Are employers looking at them as much as they used to? It seems not. Most employers are now Read More…

The Answer to World Hunger?

800px-Ueberladewagen_(jha)Food. It’s one of our basic needs for life next to clean air and water. Why has hunger been such a problem? People around the world are dying of starvation and malnutrition whilst people in rich countries are dying of over eating and obesity. How can we as a species deprive people of a basic necessity? The problems we face in the world in regards to food are droughts, flooding, disease, and overpopulation. There just doesn’t seem there will be enough food or land to grow the food on for 10 billion people in 2050 (where it is projected to plateau at). How are we going to cope?

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3D Printing, Manufacturing and Recycling

Spinning_Jenny_improved_203_MarsdenIn the 18th century in Britain, we welcomed the first Industrial Revolution with the mechanisation of the textile industry. Instead of having workers weave all the threads and clothes by hand, we had machines to do it all. The second Industrial Revolution could arguably be the use of coal steam to work the machines and led to mass production and the assembly line. Now, we are seeing the beginnings of digital manufacturing seen in 3D printing. People are able to start producing electricity at home and manufacture at home however and whenever they want. Welcome to the third industrial revolution!

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Unemployment. Should we be worried?

lotsofworkersPfluegender Bauer 1933 / Foto - Ploughing Farmer 1933 / Photo -

Employment today is the only means we have in order to receive money so we can live a desirable life. The money we receive pays for necessities such as food, water and housing and also pays for the luxuries we desire. So if we happen to lose our jobs, we won’t have a way to pay for such things. What happens then? Should we be worried about being unemployed?

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Urban Planning

TED by Bjarke Ingels Group 00One of the biggest problems we face on the planet is finding the best and most efficient way of getting a city to work. Making sure the infrastructure is sound and working to its best abilities without much recourse to repairs. Now how would you set up such a city? An architect by the name of Bjarke Ingels in Copenhagen has proven that sustainable architecture with beautiful designs are very practical, very beautiful and very doable. A housing complex such as the 8 House in Copenhagen has shown its beauty and intelligent design. Read More…

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