Owl: Made in Japan Radioactive, Unsafe, Moving Toward Lethal

Commerce, Corruption, Earth Intelligence, Economics/True Cost, Government, Idiocy, Knowledge, Politics
Who? Who?

The data in this article is phenomenal – it shows tables of information containing test results for radioactivity in major foodstuffs in Japan, and it shows virtually all of it is contaminated beyond safe levels!

Don’t Buy Anything Made in Japan!

“The Japanese people are beset by a food chain that has been thoroughly compromised by radioactive cesium. As a result, there is no longer any public confidence in the integrity of Japan’s food inspection system. Almost all edibles tested in Japan contain radioactive cesium, and it has now been verified that shiitake mushrooms in Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture have tested above the statutory limit for radioactive cesium. Thus, radioactive cesium has now spread far beyond Fukushima Prefecture. Like the HIV-tainted blood scandal of the 1980’s, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has once again been blindsided due to the lack of a proactive plan…There is now virtually continuous testing of edibles in many prefectures of Japan, and more than 2,300 samples (as of August 2, 2012) have tested over the statutory limits for radioactive iodine and/or cesium. Radioactive cesium is also now being detected in food products manufactured in Japan. Therefore, there is extreme concern about short selling of food sector equities listed on Japanese stock exchanges.

Fukushima. Radiactive Cesium Contamination of Japan’s Food Chain.
Almost all edibles contain radioactive cesium. Rivers and lakes are contaminated

One wonders what else besides food is contaminated. Do automobiles, electronics (TVs, laptops, etc.) – which are exported to the US and elsewhere – have dangerous radioactive residues? What will happen if this is the case, and the rest of the world refuses to buy Japanese products and foodstuffs? It would collapse the Japanese economy, leading to possibly incalculable world-wide economic repercussions. Such a possibility or probability is the likely reason why the Japanese government has lied about the truly dire nature of the situation in Japan. In light of this, it seems the worst-case scenario of the entire Japanese population abandoning the island and moving elsewhere – China? or eastern Russia? – becomes much more likely.


John Steiner: Colorado Goes Local & Bi-Lingual on Health Insurance

07 Health, Civil Society, Commerce, Commercial Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, Economics/True Cost, Ethics, Government
John Steiner

From: Public News Service <cnc@newsservice.org>

Insurance Cooperative Heading to CO

Kathleen Ryan, Public News Service-CO

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(08/08/12) DENVER – Coloradans soon will have a new health insurance option – and this one is “owned” by consumers.

Called the Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative, it’s based on models pioneered in other industries, such as farmers’ co-ops for crops or
electricity, or member-owned businesses such as credit unions.

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Former Comptroller General David Walker, Wall Street Trojan Horse, Rides Again – The Bus Tour to Distract the Public From Electoral Reform

Commerce, Corruption, Economics/True Cost, Government, Politics
David Walker

UPDATED 8 August 2012 with comments from Common Cause, others.

Buyer Beware – A New York Shill Takes to the Highway

The Hon. David M. Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General, today announced a first-of-its-kind national bus tour to engage Americans about our nation’s deteriorating financial condition ­ and show them what they can do to help restore fiscal sanity.

The “$10 Million a Minute Tour” will help voters understand that we face a fiscal cliff in January 2013 and a possible U.S. debt crisis within the next two years.

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Robert Steele

ROBERT STEELE: David Walker quit his job as Comptroller General at year 9 of a 15 year appointment.  He substituted loyalty for integrity in failing to publicly challenge the deregulation of the banking industry in the Clinton Administration (1999, perhaps feeling too new to the office he was given), and when he finally did sound the alarm in 2007 on the fiscal crisis, he failed to publicly challenge the two presidential candidates, then sitting Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, for failing to heed his alarm.

He accepted a golden parachute offer from Peter Peterson, a Wall Street magnate, and has done little of value since leaving the government in 2008, the highlights being a mediocre website, a movie nobody has seen, and a rather nice back-door beefing up of the Wikipedia Page on Balance Budget, something that was reprinting in ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig (2008).

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Robert Steele: Two Hour Radio Interview Now Online

#OSE Open Source Everything, Culture, Economics/True Cost, Knowledge, P2P / Panarchy, Politics, SmartPlanet
Robert Steele

Robert David Steele Former CIA The Open-Source Everything Manifesto Cohost Ted Torbich

Open Source Everything — Electoral Reform – Extraterrestials (At Very End)

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Hosted by Jeffery Pritchett

Co-Host Ted Torbich of the Stench of Truth radio show


The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust by Robert David Steele and Howard Bloom

We the People Reform Coalition   .   Intelligence (Extra-Terrestrial) (20)

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Mini-Me: NATO Admiral Says the Future of Global Security is Strategic Communication — Robert Steele Corrects + META-RECAP

Cultural Intelligence, Economics/True Cost, Ethics, Military, Politics
Who? Mini-Me?


NATO Admiral Says the Future of Global Security is Strategic Communication

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by Scott W. Ruston

The title of this post is my interpretation of what ADM James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Commander of United States European Command (USEUCOM), says in a new TED Talk. To be fair, what he actually says is that strategic communication should be the means by which the partnerships of an open source security strategy will be knitted together.

I’ve been admirer of ADM Stavridis for a long time, especially his embrace of social media and public diplomacy (In the interest of full disclosure: In addition to my role as a scholar of strategic communication, narrative and social media at the CSC, I am also US Navy Reserve officer assigned to NATO ACT; my remarks here reflect my own opinions and not those of the US Navy nor NATO).  The admiral’s TED talk unites his own personal advocacy for transparency and connectedness in his leadership roles with NATO and US DOD (he has a substantial presence on Facebook and Twitter) with a broader vision of sustainable security efforts globally.

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Below the line: Related Article, 2 Comments by Steele, and See Also.

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Tom Atlee: Gifting – and the gifting economy

Collective Intelligence, Economics/True Cost, Gift Intelligence


Tom Atlee

Gifting – and the gifting and the gifting economy

Dear friends,

For years I’ve known people who gave away their professional services as a gift, explicitly encouraging (though not requiring) gifts in return to allow them to continue their work.  I’ve also loved the idea of “paying it forward” – enjoying as a gift what one has received from others and still giving them money so that people in the future can receive such gifts.

I’ve also known that the “gift economy” is already a gigantic (though seldom acknowledged) part of the overall economy of the world.  When children come of age they do not receive a bill from their parents for “services rendered”.  Countless home cooked meals, mowed lawns, and love are neither traded nor paid for.  Neighbors and strangers regularly “lend a hand” to each other, donate to causes and volunteer in their communities.  Invisible in the midst of all this, plants pump out oxygen for us, and we exhale carbon dioxide for them, without any dollars moving from hand to leaf or leaf to hand.

For hundreds of thousands of years gift economies have formed the foundation of families, friendships, tribes and communities.  Generosity, kindness, love and gratitude have been the fabric of belonging and the sources of untold abundance.  Reputation and power equity have been guardians of the web of interdependence – relational feedback loops that minimize freeloading and hoarding that can be toxic to community.  As gifts move through the community, its true wealth grows – not only the common wealth of shared resources and mutuality but also the individual wealth of reputation, appreciation and richness of life.

Laid over this profusion of gifting is the logic of exchange – you give me this and I give you that of equal value – and the abstraction we call money that enables us to expand beyond tit-for-tat barter and relationship-bound exchanges.  The less intimacy we have with the people and life around us, the more we need money to ensure proper balance of giving and receiving.  But a shadow of this great gift is that the more we use money, the less intimacy we need with the people and life around us.

Many Links and Posting by Charles Eisenstein on Gift Circles Below the Line.

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Michel Bauwens: 97% Owned – Documentary, UK Focus, Behind Bank Curtain, Deep Look at the Monetary System

Economics/True Cost, Knowledge, P2P / Panarchy
Michel Bauwens

97% Owned – Monetary Reform documentary – Directors Cut

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the inner workings of Central Banks and the Money creation process.

YouTube (2:10:23)  97% Owned – Monetary Reform documentary – Directors Cut

Michel Bauwens: Peer-to-peer production and the coming of the commons | Red Pepper

03 Economy, Advanced Cyber/IO, Civil Society, Commerce, Commercial Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, Economics/True Cost, Ethics, Government, Hacking
Michel Bauwens

Peer-to-peer production and the coming of the commons | Red Pepper

Michel Bauwens examines how collaborative, commons-based production is emerging to challenge capitalism. Below, Hilary Wainwright responds

Capitalism in its present form is facing limits, especially resource limits, and in spite of the rapid growth of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) economies, is undergoing a process of decomposition. The question is whether the new proto-mode can generate the institutional capacity and the alliances able to break the political power of the old order.

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Michel Bauwens: Amplify Brooklyn – Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level

Culture, Economics/True Cost, Knowledge, P2P / Panarchy
Michel Bauwens

Amplify Brooklyn: Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level


This fall, graduate students in the Transdisciplinary Design MFA program at Parsons, in New York City, worked with Penin and her co-director, Eduardo Staszowski, to create Amplify, an exhibit currently on display at Brooklyn’s Arts at Renaissance, which demonstrates existing and potential design solutions to local issues related to everyday experience. The project’s aim was to re-think service design in terms of sustainability. Duane Bray, Sarah Soffer and Tom Eich from the design firm Ideo facilitated the Amplify workshop.

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Jacques Ellul: On Technology and Human Morality

Culture, Economics/True Cost, P2P / Panarchy, SmartPlanet
Jacques Ellul

Jacques Ellul, technology doomsdayer before his time

“People see him as just a bringer of bad news, but the two most important things in his writing aren’t taken into account. One is the comprehensiveness of his explanation of the technological phenomenon. The second is his powerful moral concern. Those two aspects of Ellul’s thought are not as influential as I’d like them to be.”

“Technology becomes our fate only when we treat it as sacred,” says Darrell J. Fasching, a professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of South Florida. “And we tend to do that a lot.”

Via Manuel Pinto, Artur Alves

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His central argument is that we’re mistaken in thinking of technology as simply a bunch of different machines. In truth, Ellul contended, technology should be seen as a unified entity, an overwhelming force that has already escaped our control. That force is turning the world around us into something cold and mechanical, and—whether we realize it or not—transforming human beings along with it.

Phi Beta Iota:  All of these authors overlook the role of corruption — the lack of integrity and intelligence among decision-makers allocating financial resources.  The fact is that technology is like complex financial instruments: a means of defrauding various parties for the benefit of the few.  This is one reason why Open Source Everything must apply to all technologies as well as all financial dealings.

See Also:

Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society (Vintage, 1967)

Jacques Ellul, Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes (Vintage, 1973)

Jacques Ellus, The Subversion of Christianity (Eerdmans, 1986)

Jacques Ellul, Reprint: Money and Power (Wipf & Stock, 2009)

Jerry Mander, In the Absence of the Sacred (Peter Smith, 1999)

Kirkpatrick Sale, Human Scale (New Catalyst, 2007)

John Ralston Saul, Voltaire’s Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West (Vintage, 1993)

Robert Steele, THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth & Trust (North Atlantic Books, Evolver Editions, 2012)

Clifford Stoll, Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway (Anchor, 1996)


DefDog: Musubi Brings Openness to Mobile Social Networking

Access, Culture, Economics/True Cost, Software

Very interesting….from the summary statement:

Our point is that social networks are today’s version of AOL and CompuServe, not the Web and SMTP email—a service model that’s in conflict with the open, standards-based Internet. Furthermore,even though they’ve evolved to support mobile devices, today’s social services were designed for the era of PC-based Web browsers, not handheld smartphone apps.

If you’re thinking, “There must be a better way,” you’re right. In this report we’ll examine some groundbreaking research aimed at bringing openness to social networking on mobile devices.

Phi Beta Iota:  Google, Facebook, and Twitter are all “dead men walking.”  They have failed to make the leap to the mix of open source everything and creating intelligence (decision-support) with integrity, settling instead for information overload with no integrity.

PDF: Musubi Brings Openness to Mobile Social Networking

See Also:

ROOT: The Open Source Everything Convergence