NO LABELS Tries Again — Still Corrupt, Still Clueless

Civil Society, Corruption, Cultural Intelligence, Government, Idiocy, Politics
Two Parties, One Idiot Idea

Phi Beta Iota:  they have been scorned out of existing twice now, but evidently Mike Bloomberg and his friends have not given up kludging together three failures to try to make lemonade, all three corrupt to the bone:

Independent Voters / Jackie Salit, well-funded stalking horse for Bloomberg, does not play well with others and specifically ignores both grass-root Independents and the six small parties.

Americans Elect, despite a great deal of money, could not overcome the abject obviousness of its internal corruption and the abysmal even shocking ineptitude of its web design and content management teams.

No Labels —  the  cartoon says it all.  These people really do not “get” the travesty of their dismissal of the six small parties that have been blocked from ballot access, or the shallowness of their general intellect.  No Labels, No Brains, No Balls.

Below the line is the email that went out across the land today.  What is shocking is the number of progressives angry at Obama who really think No Labels might be on to something.  For an example of what an honest viable alternative to the two-party tyranny might look like, see We the People Reform Coalition.  We can still save 2012, but it will require organized people, not organized false flag money.

ON A CONSTRUCTIVE NOTE:  If NO LABELS and Americans Elect would come together to sponsor an Electoral Reform Summit in early September 2012, they could restore the integrity of America.  They are probably not capable of making that ethical and intellectual leap, but if they did, they would in one instant achieve their alleged goals dishonored behind closed doors, and open the way for the Second Republic.  Add the six small parties, Occupy and the Tea Party and the Independents without Jackie Salit playing games, and it is “game over.”  There is NOTHING stopping the election of a coalition cabinet and a reform ticket in November 2012 except a lack of FOCUS by all those who share the same desire: to create a prosperous America at peace, to restore America the Beautiful.  We are the passive silent majority at this time.  We need to be the active vocal majority for the next 90 days.  90 days.

See Also:

THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth & Trust

Steele at Hackers on Two-Party Tyranny & Battle for the Soul of the Republic

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Reference: Open Government Index

Politics

A New Way of Measuring Openness: The Open Governance Index

Liz Laffan

Technology Innovation Management Review (January 2012)

How open is open enough?

Joel West, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Open source software is now “business as usual” in the mobile industry. While much attention is given to the importance of open source licenses, we argue in this article that the governance model can be as necessary to a project’s success and that projects vary widely in the governance models – whether open or closed – that they employ. Open source governance models describe the control points that are used to influence open source projects with regard to access to the source code, how the source code is developed, how derivatives are created, and the community structure of the project. Governance determines who has control over the project beyond what is deemed legally necessary via the open source licenses for that project. The purpose of our research is to define and measure the governance of open source projects, in other words, the extent to which decision-making in an open source project is “open” or “closed”. We analyzed eight open source projects using 13 specific governance criteria across four areas of governance: access, development, derivatives and
community.

Our findings suggest that the most open platforms will be most successful in the long term, however we acknowledge exceptions to this rule. We also identify best practices that are common across these open source projects with regard to source code access, development of source code, management of derivatives, and community structure. These best practices increase the likelihood of developer use of and involvement in open source projects.

Source Page

PDF: Laffan_TIMReview_January2012 Open Government Index

John Steiner: From Israel, Call for Politics of Heroism versus Hope

Politics
John Steiner

Phi Beta Iota:  The full combination of pieces is strongly recommended as  a total read.  The contributing author whose work has been forwarded by Brother John makes a fundamental ethical and intellectual mistake, assuming that there is a significant difference between the Democratic and Republican parties.  Not so.  This is not an either/or choice between two evils.  True heroism demands a “neither” choice, and a demand for an Electoral Reform Summit in time to open November 2012 to all eight qualified parties, not just the two-party tyranny that fronts for those it has corrupted (business does not corrupt government — government shakes down business when it chooses to be corrupt).  Learn more about imminent possibilities demanding only public intelligence and public integrity, at http://bigbatusa.org.

Dear Friend,

Below please find “From A ‘Politics of Hope’ To A ‘Politics of Heroism’,” recently published by Tikkun (see their spring issue on Occupy — http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/spring-2012-table-of-contents) It is an attempt to describe the politics that will be required, likely for the rest of our lives, if human civilization and American democracy are to be saved.

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Theophillis Goodyear: The Essence of Shared Power Over Absolute Power

Politics
Theophillis Goodyear

I watched the video of that French guy. He’s absolutely right, of course.

The best way to get points across is through simile, metaphor, and allegory. This movie from 1936 illustrates the principle.
If you need a break but want to combine work with leisure, this movie suits that purpose. It’s about an average guy who becomes omnipotent. He’s not a bad guy, but omnipotent power overwhelms him. And eventually he screws everything up.
Only shared power can keep the most egotistical among us from being consumed by power to the point where our finite minds cause infinite damage.
The movie only costs $2 for 7 days.

Tom Atlee: Entering Interdependence on Independence Day

P2P / Panarchy, Politics
Tom Atlee

Entering Interdependence on Independence Day

Dear friends,

So many thoughts on US Independence Day….

1.  For years there have been Declarations of INTERdependence and suggestions and organizing for INTERdependence day.  I first learned about this 8 years ago and wrote it up at http://www.co-intelligence.org/interdependenceday.html  Googling it today I see the movement has flourished – and it seems that the debate about when to celebrate “Interdependence Day” is shaking out in favor of September 12 (or September 10-12) – when the US’s interdependence with the rest of the world came home in a painfully vivid way – rather than on July 4th.  As far as I’m concerned, it would be very appropriate to celebrate Interdependence Day every month, or every week, or even every day.  After all, interdependence could be considered the most important concept – I should say reality – in our world today.  In his essay below, Shane Claiborne proclaims  July 4th Interdependence Day and offers actions you can take to manifest your awareness of interdependence.  I would add to his list: “Take some action to change the systems that so powerfully shape our interdependence, so that those systems help everyone – including our grandchildren – have high quality lives.”

2.  A recent Bill Moyers’ essay http://bit.ly/MRmQnZ notes that Independence Day is rooted in the famous words of Thomas Jefferson that all men are created equal, which Moyers sees as a betrayal, since Jefferson held slaves till the day he died and his will decreed they be sold to pay off his debts.  On the other hand, Sharif Abdullah argues in an email to his network that Jefferson’s failure was a weakness rather than a betrayal – a kind of weakness most of us share: “The reason Jefferson did not free his slaves is the same reason I drive a car that runs on gasoline — it would be very inconvenient not to do so.  Just as we, two centuries later, look down on Jefferson for not living his values, how will our descendants treat me, the author of ‘Creating a World That Works for All’, and my ‘weakness’ of spewing tons of carbon into the atmosphere, because I want the convenience of not getting wet while traveling.  While we may criticize Jefferson, we should do so with compassion — because we all share the same ‘weakness’ for expediency and convenience.”  As Matthew writes in the Bible, “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”  Verily, verily, perhaps we should focus some serious resources and attention on both castings, and do it soon, since we are all interdependent and co-creating the much better or much worse world our grandchildren will live in.

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DefDog: Karl Popper’s Open Society as “Root”

Knowledge, Politics
DefDog

There are a lot of pearls of wisdom in here.  If I find the list or good notes, will build on this.

Karl Popper-OpenSociety-804 Pages

Berlin Source URL

GoodReads/Karl R. Popper > Quotes

WikiQuotes/Karl Popper

Extracts & Critical Commentary Volume I

Extracts & Critical Commentary Volume II

Rafe Champion’s Commentary

Libertarian Critique of Karl Popper

YouTube (1:33) Cartoon Fragment on Karl Popper

YouTube: (5:40) Robert Steele on Restoring Democracy in the USA in 2012

Culture, Government, Politics, YouTube

Outlines the two reasons Steele ran for President (to put all the best non-partisan ideas in one place, at http://www.bigbatusa.org) and to connect with an evaluate all of the other Presidential candidates.  Steele goes on to outline precisely what needs to happen in the way of an Electoral Reform Summit and a non-negotiable national demand for the Electoral Reform Act of 2012–the only real possibility for a constructive non-violent restoration of democracy in the USA–and thence elsewhere.  We are living a lie, suffocated by the two-party tyranny that has sold out the birthright of every citizen.  This is not rocket science — all it demands is citizens with intelligence and integrity coming together around the obvious….open source everything, starting with US politics.

Tags:  democracy Republic Constitution tyranny transparency truth toxicity theft trust

YouTube LINK: http://youtu.be/nL2f0qr4IJk

See Also:

YouTube (4:10) The Open Source Everythinig Manifesto: Transparency, Truth & Trust

THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO – Transparency, Truth, & Trust . . . the meme, the mind-set, and the method

Yoda: Follow the Money – Voters, Voting, Information and Influence

Politics
Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Follow the Money

Recent court decisions (re)affirming corporate personhood and premise that campaign contributions are (protected) free speech punctuated the fear of some that politicians—biennially for sale to the highest bidder—would increase in cost and become the exclusive province of the rich, which would give truth to the sobriquet, “the ruling class”.

It is unfair, however, to think only of politicians for sale, when it is politics in its broadest dimension that is for sale. In the instance of campaign contributions, for example, follow the money: campaigns are conducted to amass votes—to urge voters to cast their ballots for the campaigner or, at least, refrain from casting a vote for the opposition. So, is the tsunami of campaign contributions buying votes?…or, in kind, buying not (only) politicians but voters?

If we consider that campaign contributions are (in some way) buying votes/voters, it is awe inspiring to calculate the cost (value?) of a vote or, alternatively the price of a voter [an exercise left to the reader].

Once (in a Chicago-minute, when all politics was truly local) it was more direct to simply pay people for their vote—cash or spirits, take your pick. This stimulus to the economy really did trickle down. Thanks, in part, to exposure by the high-minded media, we have (largely) curtailed this practice. Too bad, perhaps: many citizens, struggling economically, would be delighted with such a biennial windfall. And, if the (contributing) power of unions has declined and shifted to the rich, all the better: doesn’t this represent a compelling expression of transfer payments—something to which every citizen is “entitled”?

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Gordon Duff: US Government & extraterrestrial Technology

07 Other Atrocities, Augmented Reality, Corruption, DoD, Government, Intelligence (government), IO Deeds of War, Knowledge, Military, Misinformation & Propaganda, Politics, Politics of Science & Science of Politics, Power Behind-the-Scenes/Special Interests, Secrecy & Politics of Secrecy, Technologies

 

Gordon Duff

The Strange Case of Phil Schneider

I don’t have the time needed or deserved so I will publish a series of youtube lectures, many are available by Phil Schneider.

Forgotten “Accidented” UFO WhistleBlower Touches Too Close

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

EXTRACT:

This is where the issue of Phil Schneider comes in.  He is a UFO whistleblower who spent his short life saying what was, when he said it, seemed outlandish.  We are now putting so many of his 30 year old technologies into use, so many are now public or at least to the advanced defense community that more and more  of us accept all of it.

Article and Seven YouTube Videos

John Steiner: Wisconsin Vote Rigging – The New Normal

Politics
John Steiner

Wisconsin: None dare call it vote rigging

By Bob Fitrakis 14 Jun 2012

If vote-rigging prospers, none may call it vote-rigging. It simply becomes the new norm. Once again, the universal laws of statistics apply only outside U.S. borders. The recall vote in Wisconsin produced another significant 7% discrepancy between the unadjusted exit poll and the so-called “recorded vote.” In actual social science, this level of discrepancy, with the results being so far outside the expected margin of error would not be accepted… Here’s where U.S. elections become laughable.  A couple of private companies count our votes with secret proprietary hardware and software, the most notable being ES&S. Every standard of election transparency is routinely violated in the U.S. electronic version of faith-based voting. How the corporate-dominated media deals with the issue is by “adjusting the exit polls.”

See Also:

We the People Reform Coalition

THE OPEN SOURCE MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth & Trust

Event: 13-15 July NYC Hackers on Planet Earth

Advanced Cyber/IO, Communities of Practice, Counter-Oppression/Counter-Dictatorship Practices, Cultural Intelligence, Hacking, InfoOps (IO), Liberation Technology, Officers Call, Politics
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HOPE Number Nine Call for Hackerspaces seeks participation

Keynote announced!  The Yes Men will talk about their approach to hacking corporations and saving the world.  See the press release at 2600.com.

About HOPE

HOPE Number Nine will be taking place on July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. H.O.P.E. stands for Hackers On Planet Earth, one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world that’s been happening since 1994.

We’re planning three full days and nights of activities, including more of the provocative and enlightening speakers that the HOPE conferences are known for. In addition, we have access to a massive amount of space to put together all sorts of hacker projects and assorted fun stuff. In the past we’ve had huge hackerspace villages, film festivals, Segway rides, lockpicking villages, a wide variety of vendors, art installations, live radio, vintage computers, robots, ham radio installations, electronics workshops, book signings, and the country’s biggest supply of Club-Mate.

Now imagine all of that happening right in the middle of New York City, across the street from Penn Station and down the block from the Empire State Building. It seems impossible, but with the hard work and dedication of our huge volunteer staff, we’re able to pull it off. You can also become part of the magic, whether by attending or volunteering to help run the event with us. We also encourage attendees to submit ideas for talks or to suggest projects that we may not have ever thought of before.

We’ll be adding more information to the various sections of this site as it develops. Please explore and spread the word!

Phi Beta Iota: The least expensive most versatile mind-expanding event in the English-speaking world.

Tom Atlee: From Stuck in the Game, to Liberating Public Wisdom

Cultural Intelligence, Politics
Tom Atlee

From Stuck in the Game, to Liberating Public Wisdom

Dear friends,

What’s going on with our politics?

On the one hand, we in the US are watching grotesque income inequality and extreme wealth being used to buy power and more wealth to further control our political and economic systems.  On the other hand, we have a grotesque collective failure to formulate and promote a compelling and sustainable moral vision for our country.  These two factors go hand in hand, magnifying and enabling each other and driving the US to ruin, at great cost to the international community, to the biosphere, and to future generations.

The 2008 election cycle cost more than 5 billion dollars.  This year’s US election costs are estimated to top 6 billion dollars – maybe even $7,000,000,000 or more.  Remember that a billion is a thousand million.  This is not a problem for the ultrarich.  The US has 403 billionaires.  Together their net worth exceeds that of half of America’s households combined.  In other words, the net worth of almost 60,000,000 households, all added up all together, is less than the net worth of 403 very rich people.

Just as a mind-bending factoid, this is pretty amazing.  As a social reality, it is a tsunami wreaking havoc on our capacity to govern ourselves.

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Event: 14-15 June Rio de Janeiro Unconference on Culture & Sustainability

Cultural Intelligence, Politics
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Unconference: Culture and Sustainability in Rio+20

ECO 92 and its discussions led to the structuring of sustainable development around three main pillars: the environmental, the economic and the social. But what is the role of culture in this trinity? Is it subsumed within the social field? Is it an additional 4th pillar? Or, Is there a possible new configuration? In Brazil, we have been exploring these themes in several ways.

During Rio+20, the Ministry of Culture will deepen the exploration of these themes by holding the ‘Unconference: Culture and Sustainability in the Rio +20’ on June 14th and 15th in two warehouses in the port area of Rio de Janeiro.

Themes and Curators:

– Creative and Sustainable Cities – Tiao Rocha

– The Development of Culture to Human Scale – Patrick Belloy

– Traditional Knowledge and the Culture of Sustainability – Alfredo Wagner

– Digital Culture and Sustainability – Michel Bauwens

Tom Atlee: The Design Economy – How to Meet the Challenges of the Next Economic Era

Money, Politics
Tom Atlee

The concepts of “design” and “association” in this article, related so fundamentally to the creation and contextualization of important information, seems closely related to the idea of open intelligence and the larger meme of open everything.  So, fyi.

The Design Economy: How to Meet the Challenges of the Next Economic Era

Joe Costello, author of the new book Of, By, For: The New Politics of Money, Debt & Democracy, has a message for America: our political economy must be democratically reformed. As we confront a moment of massive historical change, Costello explores, among other things, how electronic information technologies are transforming industrial economies. He explains how the understanding of this shaping process, or design, can help us meet the challenge of the next economic era. Hint: We’re going to have to wake up to our power as citizens to get there. 

The following is an excerpt from Of, By, For: The Politics of Money, Debt & Democracyby Joe Costello (SmashWords, 2012).

“The ordinary person senses the greatness of the odds against him even without thought or analysis, and he adapts his attitudes unconsciously. A huge passivity has settled on industrial society. For people carried about in mechanical vehicles, earning their living by waiting on machines, listening much of the waking day to canned music, watching packaged movie entertainment and capsulated news, for such people it would require an exceptional degree of awareness and an especial heroism of effort to be anything but supine consumers of processed goods.” — Marshall McLuhan, The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man

Humanity’s great agrarian era produced agrarian government systems, economies, and cultures. Human life and human identity derived overwhelmingly from the processes of farming. The much shorter two-centuries old industrial era redefined life. The processes of production and consumption became the overwhelming dual identities of individuals and our institutions that evolved to foster the processes of unlimited industrial growth. As we move into the design economy, increasingly the most imperative questions will be what are the roles, identities, institutions, and processes of design.

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