Hyperloop FTW!

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“I really hate patents unless critical to company survival. [We] will publish Hyperloop as open source.” -Elon Musk, CEO Tesla Motors

Elon Musk is a rising star in the world of entrepreneurship that has the world in awe. He revolutionised the way we use money around the world in internet transactions through PayPal. He led the efforts for space vehicle creation to carry on the space program with SpaceX. He is also the CEO for Tesla Motors, an automobile company that prides itself on fully electric cars that are very sexy and have also implemented car charging stations along the west coast of America. But all of these projects haven’t Read More…

Where has real journalism gone?

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
-Benjamin Franklin

wire_tapping_07On 22nd June, 2010, a reporter by the name of Michael Hastings released an article in the Rolling Stone magazine that set in motion one of the most high profile resignations we’ve seen in quite some time. US Army General Stanley McChrystal was the commander of the US forces in Afghanistan until he was forced to resign over his off-duty behaviour, which was exposed by Michael Hastings. McChrystal was also known to be tied to the coverup of the ‘friendly fire’ death of an American football player, Specialist Pat Tillman, who enlisted in the US Army. Michael Hastings has been one of the most passionate and fearless journalists I’ve seen in a very long time. It has been known that Hastings would go against the wishes of his editors to report real news and facts. MichaelHastingsHe wasn’t going to be kept quiet by studios who have a mission to keep their networks happy or to get ratings or to pander to their political interests. Hastings recently became suspicious about the government tapping his phone line and accessing his emails and has let it be known. In the early hours of the 18th of June, 2013, Hastings was found to have crashed his car into a tree, and his car exploded into flames.  Many speculations are forming around his death, but at this time, I think we should get the correct facts before any assumptions are made. Michael Hastings was 33 years old.

Real and factual journalism seems to have gone away with the corporations and political parties vying for media support. News agencies such as Fox News would do anything to maintain their ratings even if it means reporting false information and inciting hatred and developing conspiracy theories of their own. Whistleblowing seems to be the only way to report real needed information. Let’s start with Read More…

Working on transition – more

People going to work“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Just a quick amendment to the previous post about a Universal Basic Income. This podcast brilliantly lays out the plan:

For more information on the initiatives for a basic income and a 21hr work week, follow the links below:

Washington Post – How about a universal basic income?

Wikipedia – Basic Income Guarantee

Business Insider – Universal Basic Income

New Economics Foundation – 21 Hours

About Time – 21 hours

Working on transition

People going to work“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The things that have gotten many people anxious about our current paradigm of economics is that we don’t know where we’re going in the future. The world economy is still extremely slow and countries such as France are falling back into recession. Husky City has more or less laid out the main goal of a resource based economy… but how do we get there? Every little thing helps to make the transition. Such as being aware of planned obsolescence, buying only what you need, growing your own food, producing your own electric, become independent from oil, etc. But what we need are huge steps to work towards. Perhaps if we looked at achieving those goals, then we may be able to achieve a full resource based economy.

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Take Control of Energy

cool-energy-saving-bulbEnergy watchdog Ofgem chief warns of bill rises” -BBC

“Energy bill rises will outpace inflation next year, forecasters warn” -The Telegraph

“Energy prices: a political power play” -The Guardian

These are headlines that have been dominating the news every time we enter a new year. And every year, the general population are taken for as mugs. We sit stoically as we bitch and complain that gas and electric is going to go up and we are told to use less to keep the costs down. But why do we have to take it year upon year? The government doesn’t seem to have any interest in us when it comes to energy. Sure, the politicians and political parties have their pledges to import less energy and produce more green and sustainable energy on our own land. But what’s holding them back? It’s all down to Read More…

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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Open Sourcing

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“Our goal is to be destructive but in the cause of making the world a better place.” -Founder of Skype.

According to Wikipedia, Open Source is “a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation details.” Open sourcing is an idea that has been around for centuries. Artists and sculptors have always been proud to show off their work and allow public access to their works. It’s kind of a “Look what I did!” type mentality. I can even feel it when I edit together an amazing video. But open sourcing is also quite pragmatic and almost philanthropic to humanity. Take a look at information and the internet. Before we had the internet, our research would had to have been done in a local library or through publications such as encyclopaedias and periodicals. An entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica would set you back hundreds of dollars. Jacques Fresco once said, “You don’t fight for a ‘new system’ if you want change, you need to offer something that makes the old system obsolete.” This is what the founder of Wikipedia decided to do. Information was seen to be something that all humans deserve to have access to. Not just the wealthy who could afford the encyclopaedias. 800px-History_Wikipedia_English_SOPA_2012_Blackout2In fact, during the SOPA/PIPA fight in the US Congress, Wikipedia took it on their own to block their website for a day and placed it with a graphic which said, “IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT FREE KNOWLEDGE – For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage this site and your ability to access information online. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.” Read More…

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