buswolley (591500) writes "Are we really too poor to put America back to work making and building the things we need to maintain a prosperous nation? -Mitch Green
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) posits that America is not too poor, and now proponents of the theory have adapted the rules of the classic board game of Monopoly to demonstrate their case http://neweconomicperspectives...
buswolley (591500) writes "The NSA has asked Linus Torvalds to inject covert backdoors into the free and open operating system GNU/Linux. This was revealed in this week’s hearing on mass surveillance in the European Parliament. Chalk another one up of the United States NSA trying to make information technology less secure for everyone." Link to Original Source top
What Experiment Would YOU Run on a Single Hamster?
buswolley (591500) writes "As I was typing away on a research proposal last night, my daughter's hamster was busy turning his very squeaky hamster wheel. To make the incessant squeak more tolerable I posed a thought exercise to myself, which I now Ask Slashdot:
What clever experiment could you conduct on a single hamster that will teach you something about your field of research that you didn't know before.
For extra achievement points, let’s treat Ham-the-Case-Study-Sam neighborly." top
buswolley (591500) writes "Resolution calling to amend the constitution banning corporate person-hood was introduced in Vermont. This resolution is a reaction to the Supreme Court's Citizen United ruling that ruled freedom of speech of corporations is constitutionally protected." Link to Original Source top
buswolley (591500) writes "The slicing the brain of the famous amnesic patient H.M. into giant histological sections is now in full swing, and is being streamed live. The brain specimen is frozen and sectioned whole during one continuous session that is expected to last approximately 30 hours." Link to Original Source top
buswolley (591500) writes "Judge Ann Aiken in Federal court ruled two key provisions of the Patriot Act unconstitutional. According to the ruling, the Patriot Act provisions unconstitutionally circumvented the 4th Amendment, and removed the checks and balances provided for by our Constitution. This is a great victory for the people of the United States, and demonstrates the inherent strength of our system of government."
buswolley writes | more than 11 years ago
Rousseau once said that "Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains." Mars is the opportunity to break these chains, and regain what freedom we may.
Mars is our destiny. That is, outward. The possibilities for new expressions of freedom and humanity, and economic systems, lie in building new civilizations. On earth there is a gigantic infrastructure of economic powers that RESIST change. The best ideas are not readily implemented, or are practically immpossible to implement.
America became, in some sense, what it was BECAUSE we had a frontier early in its career.. That frontier, and the spirit it developed among its settlers gave America its sense of independance, innovation and a GREAT sense of self empowerment.
To the point, a paucity of western infrastructure westward of this expanding America better empowered the formation of a culture radically different than its predecessors. Not wholly, of course, as old money still existed.
But now, America has few or no frontiers within its borders. America's infrastructure has become stiff in every corner. We at Slashdot know this. Microsoft's infrastucture is outstanding. Oil industries pull our strings. We cannot fundamentally change what America is, how it conducts its economics, without a fight. The root is dug in and will not give up its space as long as it lives.
Mars has no infrastructure and therefore new social, economic, and political ideas implemented by colonists there are more apt to emerge into their natural designs undistorted by the effects of competing institutions.
Like the original colonists of America, cultural artifacts, physical and ideational, brought over to the frontier will be freely reinterpreted without undue outside influence. However, the opportunity of social self-determination on Mars is unparalleled by any in history, for none has had at its disposal the vast library of knowlege and technology available today. The coupling of knowledge and self-reliance will allow the best ideas to flourish. The culture of the second and third Martian generations has the potential of being truer to the ideals of social justice, equality, and:) free software.:) than has ever existed before.