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From Wireless to Wireless

8:42 pm in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

Wireless – via flickr

Communication has from the first been a major priority of humans. From the early days of travelling Minstrels that oft times use the major news of the day in their repertoire. To the printing press and the first “Newspapers.” But until the early 19th century and the advent of the telegraph, one could hardly call this news. It could take days, weeks even months for any information the travel any distance.

Which more appropriately puts it under the heading of recent history. There were various attempts at signalling devices but most were limited in distance, cumbersome to use, complicated, unreliable and therefore of little improvement over just carrying the message there by Pony Express. By the mid 1800s a number of electromagnetic methods of sending messages were being developed.

The one adopted here was one that Samuel B. Morse designed. Initially limited in distance — only about 10 miles — with the addition of relay stations, it eventually crossed the contentment and even the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Using a special code to represent the letters and numbers and punctuation necessary by sending pulses down a wire: the Morse code. The code, if not the mechanics, was quickly adopted world wide.

But this “land line” telegraphy was not with out it’s problems. The greatest being it’s vulnerability to intentional sabotage by Native Americans, train robbers, bank robbers and opposing military forces.

But still you might hear what’s going in in Chicago but Poplar Bluff, MO? Forgetaboutit.

In the late 1800s Heinrich Hertz did experiments with electromagnetism. Discovering the principal of electromagnetic waves IE Hertzian or radio waves. It was not long before a number of people started to experiment with these new found magnetic waves. Of course there was a big push to use them to send information.

One cannot really say who first got the idea of using electro magnetic waves to send and receive messages but Gugleilmo Marconi was the first to make a commercial success of it. And it became a big hit I can tell you. By the early 20th century it seemed like everyone was building radio sets and trying out this new technology.

Unlike wired telegraphy where all messages went through a telegraph office, anyone could put together a wireless set and have at it. But early wireless was crude to say the least.

There was absolutely no way to tune or separate wireless transmissions. Either sending or receiving. The receiving set was not at all sensitive and the transmissions themselves, even from the most sophisticated apparatus sounded like noise. Keyed on and off buzzing sounds. Like this or this or this. Now imagine 4 or more stations on at the same time all trying to contact you or them selves or somebody else. It would get very chaotic to say the least.

Well after the Titanic sank and other lessor disasters, it was obvious this new wireless thing needed regulation big time. And so it was. It was Edison who saved the day, though he did not know it at the time.  He was trying to figure out why his light bulbs were getting this coating on the inside and the filaments burning out at the same time. Edison did not understand alternating current and was not the least bit interested in wireless. Sill he want to know what was going on and made a special bulb with a wire attached to a plate in it. What he noticed was when he put a meter between the plate and one of the filaments, it showed an electric current flowing.  He called it the Edison Effect, wrote it up and gave a few demonstrations and that was it.

Fortunately Sir John Ambrose Fleming who was interested in wireless attended one of those demonstrations and got very curious. Would this detect radio waves? And indeed it did. What he discovered was the first practical application of Thermionic emission. Essentially meaning that when you heat a metal of any kind up really hot, it givers off electrons. In the air these electrons just go into the air and if enough are given off can combine with the oxygen and create ozone. But in a vacuum, like a light bulb, they have nothing to combine with, so they collect somewhere. Like on the metal plate.

If you connect this plate to a positive electrical voltage, the the electrons will flow from the filament to the plate. If you put a negative voltage on the plate, no electrons flowed. Fleming called this his valve or oscillation valve. Another engineer named Lee DeForest then discovered that if you put a wire grid in between the plate and the filament,  a very small electric voltage on this “grid” made a large change in the electron flow from the filament to the plate. He called his new “tube” the Audion. DeForest found that not only could it amplify but could also be easily made to oscillate and produce a nice pure radio wave and its frequency could be easily set.

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VIDEO: Navy to Test Electromagnetic Railgun

11:11 am in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

Navy to Deploy Electromagnetic Railgun at San Diego Naval Base, aboard the Joint High Speed Vessel Millinocket in July

In case you don’t know what a rail gun is:

A railgun is an electrically powered electromagnetic projectile launcher based on similar principles to the homopolar motor. A railgun comprises a pair of parallel conducting rails, along which a sliding armature is accelerated by the electromagnetic effects of a current that flows down one rail, into the armature and then back along the other rail.

Now the military running true to form thinks this is something new and innovative, as well as very scary…bugga bugga. But this technology has been around for a long time. Tesla theorized them and others have built them as seen here. And here.

What has kept this kind of technology from gathering steam has been the physical size of the associated components. Power source, switching and control, magnetic launcher itself. But now with small powerful lithium cells available and smaller and smaller super capacitors and semiconductor switches and micro controllers etc. Not to mention that super-conductive magnetics are becoming easier to achieve, building a small, easily transportable version is now quite practical. It could even be made as separate pieces to be assembled at the site of use.

And if one can build a magnetic weapon to fire a solid projectile …

More information from Wikipedia’s entry on the Joint High Speed Vessel:

On 7 April 2014, the U.S. Navy announced that a prototype electromagnetic railgun will be installed onto a JHSV for at-sea testing in FY 2016. Though the ships are non-combatants, they were chosen for their available cargo and topside space and schedule flexibility. They will not be permanently installed on the JHSV and the Navy has yet to decide which ship classes will receive a fully-operational railgun. The tests are to offer lessons to incorporate into a future tactical design and to gain knowledge on how to integrate the system onto a ship with modifications.

American Culture….American Albatross

9:15 am in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

1959 Fury -flicker creative commons

I did a diary a while ago where I contended that this country – America – had no culture or it was designed by Madison Ave. in NYC.  This was not entirely correct. No…American culture is whatever happens to be “IN’ at the moment. And Madison Ave. and their elites take full advantage of it.

Unlike Germany or Japan or China or Italy where there is still a deep cultural heritage that even the young embrace to one extent or another, America has little except for some vague historical reference or embellishment that Hollywood uses to amuse us.

It is not unusual to see someone decked out in traditional garb during a festival in Germany or France or Japan to also be holding a cell phone or iPad or some such, for what they have is NOT who they are. They may like the new music, but they also like their traditional music as well.

Americans on the other hand will eventually embrace whatever the trend is and throw the old away like yesterday’s New York Times. We like to call this willingness to change. But it comes with a price. The Japanese still live in houses of of traditional Japanese design and often wear traditional clothes, yet are some of the most progressive when it comes to new technology. The Germans have no problem with living in old baroque-style apartments although the insides may be quite modern.

They have a like or grounding with something more permanent to hold on to which makes change and that which is new easier to handle and less threatening, rather like children are more willing to explore because they have the security and safety of their parents and a home to go back to.

This willingness or desire to change, in my opinion, is a façade – superficial. The car with the futurist fins was not really any different from the model without the fins that preceded it.  The fancy new house that looked modern on the outside was quite traditional inside.  By the late 1960s everything had to look psychedelic.  Psychedelic love songs were still love songs. We defined ourselves as the bastion of liberty or capitalism or anti-communism or some other such nonsense, but when the Soviet Union fell and China started to embrace a capitalistic economy, even that started to look a bit thin and weathered.

But this springing from one new thing to the next without any really history of deep cultural values makes any real change very difficult to achieve. Psychology limits the security needed to explore, as well as making our understanding of our own history very muddled indeed. With no real anchors and no real goals, America is adrift in an ever more rough sea.

So we have those on the right who embrace a history that is fictitious and a left constantly searching for some nirvana using a utopian vision of Europe, or some other area, as their ultimate goal, yet not willing to let go of their current situation to achieve it.  Holding on to the status quo with a death grip. Like a child holding on to the clothes of whatever grownup is near since mommy and daddy are nowhere to be seen. All of which keeps us stuck.

And the right sees the left as far too eager to burn down the house even if the house has been condemned and empty and falling apart for ages.

So here we are…with a fallacious past and no new thing to grab onto. Lost in the forest afraid to move or at best not knowing where to go. The  ironic part is that we are currently involved over a country – Ukraine – whose cultural heritage is as vague and disjointed and [partially at least], imaginary as our own.

White Collar, Blue Collar: There is a difference

2:47 pm in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

Workers – from flickr

The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care! Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on- George Carlin

Well George this is NOT entirely correct. It does make a difference and a fairly big one. The difference is cultural. The George Carlin clip this is from – George Carlin on the American Dream – which Elliott used as a diary the other day, got me thinking of the difference — view and thinking.

Before WWII there were nowhere near as many so-called white collar workers. Managers, professionals, engineers etc. Few people were college graduates and the need for them was much lower. Most jobs were either in factories or mills or trades or agricultural. The environment was one of more mutual cooperation and mutual respect and mutual interest. Especially those areas that were unionized, with the unions growing tremendously up through the 1930s. The union and union workers looked out for each other’s interest and supported each other. If one union went out on strike, oft times others would follow in support. It was a community both on the job and off.

After WWII this situation changed. The GI bill, financial aid and the creation of inexpensive state and community/junior colleges meant that more people could get college degrees and the increasing white collar/office jobs that the newer technology was calling for. Engineers and managers and designers and what not. The work environment was quite different in the office/professional arena than that the blue collar factory. Instead of cooperation, competition was the byword. Dog-eat-dog. The fella in the office/cubical next to yours was no longer your friend but your competition for the raise, promotion, new position. In college and the university, beating the next guy out for that grant and research money.

This followed over to your personal life as well in suburbia. The best house and yard and biggest party etc. Car, vacation and school for you kids. And the workers as something to exploit so one could look good to the boss. Embracing the capitalist ideals, competition and corruption, feeling threatened by anything that challenges it.

The left which had been the bastion of the blue collar workers also began to shift to the college youth and then white collar world. Eventually the traditional enemies of the factory workers and tradesmen were now grabbing the mantle of the liberal/progressive. And almost schizoid role reversal began to emerge. But unlike the left of the blue collar world where the members were willing to fight for themselves and each other to advance the goals of the whole, this “new left” would compete with each other and avoided anything that might put their situation at work and at home in any jeopardy.

Lest they lose their position, income or job. Being branded as a trouble maker or worse. Having nowhere else to go and being treated by the this “new left” as they had always been treated by “the management,” the blue collar workers abandoned the left and even joined the right wing — their previous enemies.

Which is pretty much where we are today. A white collar/professional left who doesn’t say or do anything that might upset their own personal status quo. A blue collar right who distrusts anything the left says or does since these “new leftists” refuse to take the required actions, lest they lose their cherished positions. And treats them like lowlifes or worse.

Certainly this played into the hands of the elites at the top, whether this was planned or not isn’t the point. It has defined our politics and agenda since the late 1970s at least or at least a good part of it.

But this is beginning to unrave. With fewer and fewer of these white collar jobs available, as witnessed by the large graduate unemployment, and more and more graduates having to take jobs in the trades or crafts or even the service industries, their allegiances are changing.

Others are working together or as private contractors or consultants. Forming group associations to further themselves both inside and out of their occupation. Not unlike the guilds of old. Some formal, others not so much. The very technology that created this college-educated class of liberals, is now working against them and creating a situation where the office environment is becoming more and more of an anachronism.

Having less and less to do with the politics and economics of old. What will come of this I do not know, but I do suspect that the “new left” and “new right” will eventually be left in the dust.

With independent being the largest growing political stance, the old politics will die out.

The Death of the Salesmen

7:44 pm in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

The managerial class:
Recent decades have been characterized by the invasive influence of an arrogant, autistic, and amoral class of late 20th century MBAs and similar members of the technocratic elite. This class junked sixty years of social democracy, helped wreck the economy, made every American worker a temp-in-waiting, carpet bombed the English language, trashed every moral concept in their way, and twisted reality so effectively they even convinced many that they were sex objects.
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And they are everywhere. You will find them running schools and universities and managing once great museums. They talk mush, think mush, market mush, report mush, and defend mush. They attempt to make up in certitude what they lack in wisdom; they can’t tell the difference between a phrase and a product; and they create infantile and self-serving distortions of economic principles that they declare to be the only principles in life worth observing. They are, in the end, just so many more televangelists, but with themselves as God. Perhaps worst of all, they are without the capacity for shame. Like other sociopaths, they are remorseless.

The fraud, the huckster, the salesman are not new phenomena in America; what is new is that they now so strongly control every estate of our society. Those of a nature that would have once caused Americans to close the door, hang up, or say “no thank you,” now teach our children, run our government, and tell us what to think. They are the Enron generation, filled with a postmodern version of Willy Loman: “He don’t put a bolt to a nut, he don’t tell you the law or give you medicine. He’ s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine.” – Sam Smith

These are the neo-cons and neo-liberals and their supporters.  And it’s been going on for years, as Deana Stryker points out. These frauds and hucksters who try to con everyone into thinking they know what’s best.  They can justify  their own malfeasance as well as their friends and families,  like Willy Loman could justify Biff’s.   Wrecking countries by saving them.  Ruining the educational system with people who have never taught. And destroying the economy. Selling everyone a bill of goods.

They wanted to turn Iran and Syria into another Iraq and Afghanistan.  But people aren’t buying it any more.

They wanted to turn the Ukraine into another Yugoslavia, but the Crimea and Russia won’t let them. And the people aren’t buying it any more.

They want to sell the young people and millennials their health care insurance scam, but the young wont buy it.

They are trying to sell everyone on capitalism and the improved economy. But the people are no longer buying it or anything else much.

They are still trying to sell everyone on nuclear power. But fewer and fewer are buying it.

And as Charlie said, “When they start not smiling back, that’s an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you’re finished.”

The people are not smiling back any more. Not even the supporters.

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Fascism, Bigotry and Intolerance…Show their ugly noses when life gets hard

7:22 pm in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

Tom

“When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labelled made in Germany. It will not be marked with a swastika. It will not even be called fascism. It will be called, of course, Americanism” – An uncredited New York Times reporter covering Halford E. Luccock in an article published September 12, 1935

According to Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, in TruthoutArmed Angry White Males are the New Domestic Terrorists. And the economy is why.

Today, lynch mobs have been replaced by Zimmermans and Dunns, who feel empowered by Stand Your Ground, believing that juries of their peers will exonerate them of their use of deadly force when black youths are involved.

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Conceal Carry permits, Stand Your Ground laws and inept prosecutors are creating a climate that provides the Zimmermans and Dunns of the world with a license to kill as long as juries are predisposed to letting them do so.

As the American economy continues to contract and full-time, well-paying jobs become harder to find, the face of poverty in America is changing. The stereotypical ‘urban’ or ‘black’ poor have now become the ‘suburban’ or white poor. According to CBS, ‘Hardship is particularly growing among whites, based on several measures . . . More than 19 million whites fall below the poverty line . . . accounting for more than 41 percent of the nation’s destitute, nearly double the number of poor blacks.’

According to the Christian Science Monitor, ‘Suburbs are increasingly becoming the address of America’s poor. Suburban poverty across the country grew 53 percent between 2000 and 2010, more than twice the rate of urban poverty . . . ‘ Many of those newly poor suburbanites are white and many of them are angry, blaming people of color for their misfortunes, instead of directing their ire toward corporate greed, the outsourcing of factory jobs to overseas companies, and governmental policies that favor the wealthy.

Not surprising actually. Blaming others for ones misfortunes is as old as the hills. Just like the criminal yelling “Dirty rotten copper” in some crime drama. And ass Ken Eisold says in this September 10, 2010 piece from Psychology Today, bigotry has a long tradition in the good old USA, nearly always based on fear.

I think it fair to say that bigoted minds are made up and closed. But how does that happen?

Nicholas Kristof reminded us last Sunday how much a part of American history it has been: ‘Screeds against Catholics from the 19th century sounded just like the invective today against the Not-at-Ground-Zero Mosque.’ And there have been similar attacks against Germans, Italians, Chinese and other immigrants.

‘During World War I, rumors spread that German-Americans were poisoning food, and Theodore Roosevelt warned that “Germanized socialists” were “more mischievous than bubonic plague.”‘ The public was ‘warned that Jews were plotting to destroy the United States. . . . A 1940 survey found that 17 percent of Americans considered Jews to be a “menace to America.”‘

‘Chinese in America were denounced, persecuted and lynched, while the head of a United States government commission publicly urged in 1945 “the extermination of the Japanese in toto.”‘ Kristof adds a vital insight about the motives of bigotry: ‘The starting point isn’t hatred but fear: an alarm among patriots that newcomers don’t share their values, don’t believe in democracy, and may harm innocent Americans.’

Kristof’s point is important. We tend get angry at those who frighten us, and if the threat continues we want to get rid of those who cause it. But that’s not all. Ignorance about the other is required. Some fears are not founded, some threats not real. Almost by definition, bigotry is directed against those we fear but have no substantial reason to fear, as Kristof’s examples illustrate. Otherwise, we are seeing real dangers, real enemies.

Blaming others for misfortunes often our own. I think it would be fair to say that a number of these newly poor suburbanites are also in hock up to their eyeballs. So their economic fear at any rate is likely well founded but not necessarily the fault of anyone but themselves. This bigotry can be along any line. Racial, sexual, religious, cultural, economic…..what ever fits the moment. And is not limited to one political thought or another.

This fear and anger too often is expressed in reactionary ways. The same reactionary way it did in Europe which lead the way to Fascism and extreme nationalism in many countries:

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

11:20 am in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

NO….this diary is not about the celebration….

And it’s not about those stereotypes that are often pictured even now of leprechauns or shamrocks on people or Irishmen smoking funky pipes [often upside down] or the beat cops in Boston or NYC. It’s about the real history of why this day should be special. Not just for the Irish but for all of those used and abused and slaughtered-in-the-name-of-capitalism that history or rather Bourgeoisie Capitalist history sweeps under the carpet or justifies.

The real story of the Irish is how 400,000+ Irish peasants starved the first year of the famine even as millions of pounds sterling worth of food was produced in Ireland and exported.

Thomas Gallagher points out in Paddy’s Lament, that during the first winter of famine, 1846-47, as perhaps 400,000 Irish peasants starved, landlords exported 17 million pounds sterling worth of grain, cattle, pigs, flour, eggs, and poultry—food that could have prevented those deaths. Throughout the famine, as Gallagher notes, there was an abundance of food produced in Ireland, yet the landlords exported it to markets abroad.

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Patel’s book sets out to account for “the rot at the core of the modern food system.” This is a curricular journey that our students should also be on — reflecting on patterns of poverty, power, and inequality that stretch from 19th century Ireland to 21st century Africa, India, Appalachia, and Oakland; that explore what happens when food and land are regarded purely as commodities in a global system of profit.The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

It’s about how those doing the labor are still treated horribly as Michelle Chen shows in her report. That how these same Bourgeoisie Capitalists will raise a fuss about how some other country is treating their people, crying aloud about freedom and liberty – mainly for other Bourgeoisie Capitalists. But then are resolutely silent about the way they support the same behavior at home by the police and government and business. Indeed one of the top-rated TV shows is about police brutality being a good thing.

Crime dramas that embellish the lives of police officers are not new. Criminologist Yvonne Jewkes says crime drama is “the most enduring of all cinematic genres,” and television holds to the same rule.1 What sets “Chicago PD” apart from others in the genre is that police violence isn’t just presented as an exciting feature of the job; rather, its producers have made it the primary point of appeal to its growing audience of 8 million.

What does it mean that a TV show so sympathetic to police abuse has become the most popular evening program among NBC’s 18-49 demographic?

We can get a glimpse into this mindset historically as Richard J. Evans summarizes here in this review of a book by Götz Aly – Hitler’s Beneficiaries.

In this startling and absorbing new book, which created a considerable storm in Germany when it was published in 2005, Götz Aly advances another explanation. It was, he says, material factors that persuaded the great mass of Germans to support Hitler and the Nazis almost to the very end. The Nazi leadership, he claims in Hitler’s Beneficiaries, made the Germans into “well-fed parasites. Vast numbers of Germans fell prey to the euphoria of a gold rush…. As the state was transformed into a gigantic apparatus for plundering others, average Germans became unscrupulous profiteers and passive recipients of bribes.”

 Already by the late 1930s, Aly argues, even former Social Democrats had become reconciled to the regime because it replaced the mass unemployment and economic misery of the Depression with full employment, generated not least by rapid rearmament, prosperity and consumer satisfaction. During the war, he continues, “the cascade of riches and personal advantage–all derived from crimes against humanity…led the majority of the populace to feel that the regime had their best interests at heart.”

Indeed that if the average citizen sees their own situation improve and becomes fat and happy, how this is accomplished is of tertiary importance. TIME magazine even made Hitler man of the year. We can see this throughout history. That especially if you keep the Bourgeoisie Capitalists well-fed, they will follow anyone. From Franco in Spain to Augusto Pinochet in Chile. The riots in Venezuela are mostly white-collar upper-crusters who were making out like bandits with currency scams. The whole business in the Ukraineis how the capitalists want to make hay for themselves out of the country’s poor. Another country to plunder. But what happened here was OK according to a GOP congressional candidate.

Bourgeoisie Capitalists can justify any ghoulish, bizarre and cruel behavior as long as they can get rich off it.

So think about that this St. Patrick’s Day when you get falling down drunk celebrating it. Sláinte!

You’ve got to be carefully taught….or maybe not.

6:34 pm in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

The first theatrical production I had anything to do with was in High School, South Pacific. I always liked it and especially this scene.

But research now is showing that babies are NOT the blank slates that we have supposed. They we are born with inherent likes and dislikes and a moral code, and unfortunately a bias as well. As  Paul Bloom from the Yale University Infant Cognition Center point out here.

The research does show, according to Bloom, that children just a few months old can judge a person’s character — siding with the “good” puppet and not with the “bad” puppet.

But Bloom said the research also shows something else, which gives this parent pause. Babies, Bloom said, are born with an inherent bias, and start off as “little bigots, eagerly dividing the world into ‘us versus them’ and strongly favoring their own group over everyone else.”

“They prefer puppets who have the same tastes as them and they actually want the puppets with the different tastes — they like other puppets who punish them,” Bloom said during a Google+ hangout. “So early on, one of the most tragic aspects of humanity is how we split the world into ‘us versus them’ and we find this from the earliest age we can test.”

That we as humans are born with a particular bias.   That segment can be watched here. Combine that with research that suggest that memories can be inherited and it would seem the humans are set up from the first to be racist ass-holes.  That we all aren’t is a testament to the parenting skills of most people.

This could explain the tribalistic behaviours that have been expressed so much and we seem not to be able to rid ourselves of so far. That people are not necessarily taught, but are encouraged as well as exploited toward the benefit of some other group. It may have proved to be of use at some time in antiquity but is very much detrimental now.

It also shows that we need to be aware of this and work to enlighten our children at a very early age. That appropriate teaching and guidance is essential from the start. A heavy burden indeed.

Like Doctor Seuss points out.

I would like to thank my cousin – a PHD in Sociology and former associate Dean at UNC – for pointing me to this information.

 

R Buckminster Fuller vs Capitalism

10:17 am in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

R Buckminster Fuller

R Buckminster Fuller was a man ahead of his time. He was a design genius and a global thinker who came up with the most advanced and amazing designs for housing and transportation. The geodesic dome which are used world wide and Dymaxion Car were ahead of their time. But it was his philosophy and world view that I found the most attractive.

As the picture states we as humans no longer have to toil to feed, clothe and house ourselves as we did in antiquity.   This came about with the industrial revolution and the ability to generate more product than could be sold. When governments had to give price supports to agriculture and buy up surpluses to keep it in business.

The same for other products and services.   Fuller saw this as the picture/quote above states.   So what is our problem ?

It’s not employment. It’s not inequality. It’s not racism, or sexism or any other ism

Or problem is with out thinking. Our self view, which as WendyDavis points out, we have been indoctrinated with, yay I would say brain washed with since we were born.. Our self image as it were.

We judge ourselves and others – our self worth and others worth – by what they have and can get monetarily and otherwise. That unless one in toiling for what they get and are remunerated some arbitrary value, they are some how less worthy of the basics of existence.

But how is that the actor in a daytime TV drama is worth more than the garbage person ? How is that the guy who designs on a computer some idiotic electronic toy worth more that the person who serves my dinner ? Or grows my food or keeps my road free of potholes the size of bomb craters ?

We trouw out daily tuns of food, have 100s of houses sitting empty, throw away perfectly good clothes and electronics only to have them pile up with nothing else better to do with them. Plastics litter the landscape and oceans. Yet we cannot adequately feed or house people ?

It  is NOT or government and economy that needs changing, it our thinking that needs changing. Our view of ourselves and the the world that needs changing.  Our capitalistic values. We live now in a world with satellites and space stations and the ability to talk around the world from a park bench and yet our world view and especially our values have not changed much since Louis XIV and it is killing us and destroying the planet we are perfectly able to save. Unless you want to spend your life or you children spend their lives living in a hovel or cave, we need to change this.

SCIENCE !

5:04 pm in Uncategorized by cmaukonen

As a baby boomer I was very fortunate. I was able to grow up in a time when science and technology was interesting, easy to comprehend, non-threatening and most all fun. Oh and also easily accessible.

All areas of science were touted as good and positive. Would make live easier and much more pleasant. Most people welcomed new discoveries and innovations. Shows like Discovery and Watch Mister Wizard and The Bell Laboratory Science Series brought science into the home and made entertaining as well as informative. The 1958 episode of The Bell Laboratory Science Series - The Unchained Goddess dealt with weather and even mentioned their concern for climate change.

Watch Mister Wizard hosted and created by Don Herbert explained a vast number of scientific subjects with experiments and projects you could even do in you home. Like this one on Sound and Music or this on Electromagnetism.

Science was more accessible with books by Alfred Morgan and magazines that had projects you actually could build at home to demonstrate radio and electronic and chemistry principles, even X rays. Chemistry sets and electronics and electricity sets. 100 in 1 and 500 in 1 sets. With vacuum tubes and later transistors.

Edmund Scientific had nearly everything that you would need to experiment at home. Radio Shack, Allied, Lafayette, Olson.

But today’s scientific concepts are more difficult to understand and even more difficult to explain and demonstrate. How do you demonstrate green house gas. Radiation from radio active water or genetics ?

Science kits have been made safer but do much less, with the concern for people’s safety. Instead of offering easy to comprehend, non-threatening solutions, science now appears threatening and intrusive to a large portion of people.  Worst of all they are expected to take what scientist say on faith. Just believe. Trust us…climate change is bad.

And it seems to come faster and faster. Alvin Toffler on steroids. And science now appears threatening. To your job, health, life style or beliefs. Science was now scary to a lot of people.

Maybe we need to make it not scary again.