Robert Steele: Two Hour Radio Interview Now Online

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

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

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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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SmartPlanet: Social startup VoteIt wants to make decision-making simpler

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Social startup VoteIt wants to make decision-making simpler

Ever been in one of those interminable meetings or email conversation loops where everyone has an opinion but no one is willing to make a decision? Then you’ll appreciate a new social platform called VoteIt that aims to make the process of reaching informed consensus easier.

VoteIt is far more than just an online polling platform, like the ones that are found in Yahoo! Groups. By offering structure around the topic at hand, it aims to keep a conversation or debate on topic and relevant — essentially preventing tangential discussions that can derail the decision-making process. It encourages input and new ideas from participants, but only that that are related to the original conversation.

Here are a couple of examples of how the platform has been used:

  • TechStars, a technology company accelerator in Boulder, Colo., used it to help rename its office
  • Market research firm Schedulist likewise used VoteIt communities to develop a new product line on behalf of a client
  • A New Orleans neighborhood association decided how to use $2,000 in extra budget

The screenshot below gives you a sense of how a VoteIt conversation can be structured:

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Smart Planet: Top Disease Spreading Airports in USA

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Top disease-spreading airports in the U.S.

While the Honolulu airport gets only 30 percent as much air traffic as New York’s Kennedy International Airport, the new model predicts that it is nearly as influential in terms of contagion because of where it fits in the air transportation network: its location in the Pacific Ocean and its many connections to distant, large, well-connected hubs makes it third in terms of contagion-spreading influence.

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  1. New York’s Kennedy Airport is ranked first by the model.
  2. Followed by airports in Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Newark, Chicago (O’Hare), and Washington (Dulles).
  3. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is first in number of flights, ranks 8th in contagion influence.
  4. Boston’s Logan International Airport ranks 15th.

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Phi Beta Iota:  The day will come when organizations — and especially airports, bus terminals, and malls, will be held responsible for scrubbing their air and assuring a toxin and virus-free environment.  Environmental health is one quarter of the health solution.  That in turns requires intelligence and integrity and a sound understanding of true cost economics over the long term.

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Graphic: Health Quadrants & Open Source Information

Jacques Ellul: On Technology and Human Morality

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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)


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