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By Admin (from 02/11/2010 @ 18:32:26, in en - Global Observatory, read 3245 times)

Legalize2012.com, the campaign to re-legalize cannabis for adult use in Colorado in 2012, will hold a kickoff event on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 in Boulder. The guest speaker will be Paul Danish, former Boulder County Commissioner and Boulder City Councilman, who will speak on “The Politics of Cannabis Re-legalization”.

Paul Danish has been an avid proponent of cannabis re-legalization for many years. In 1992, he was one of the proponents and authors of the first statewide ballot initiative that would have re-legalized cannabis in Colorado. He is also a columnist, having written many articles about the sanity of re-legalizing cannabis for adult use for local and national publications.

This meeting is free and open to the public. All volunteers who would like to work on the Legalize2012.com Campaign are encouraged to attend.

*Legalize2012 Kickoff Event*

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Date: Wed., Nov. 3, 2010

Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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On the 28th Street Frontage Road near Baseline

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                                                                26 October 2010

 

 

GENEVA – The files reportedly indicate that the US knew, among other things, about widespread use of torture and ill-treatment of detainees by Iraqi forces, and yet proceeded with the transfer of thousands of persons who had been detained by US forces to Iraqi custody between early 2009 and July 2010.  The files also allegedly include information on many undisclosed instances in which US forces killed civilians at checkpoints and during operations.

 

The information adds to the High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s concerns that serious breaches of international human rights law have occurred in Iraq, including summary executions of a large number of civilians and torture and ill-treatment of detainees.  

 

The US and Iraqi authorities should take necessary measures to investigate all allegations made in these reports and to bring to justice those responsible for unlawful killings, summary executions, torture and other serious human rights abuses, in line with obligations under international human rights law, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which both the US and Iraq are parties.

 

The High Commissioner calls upon Iraq to ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol, which gives the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment the right to visit all places of detention and examine the treatment of  persons detained.

 

High Commissioner Pillay also urges the Iraqi Government to facilitate visits of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Teams to monitor the human rights situation in detention facilities so that necessary advice and assistance can be provided to the Iraqi authorities.

 

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR): http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm

 

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT): http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cat.htm

 

Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT):http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cat-one.htm

 

OHCHR Country Page – USA: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/ENACARegion/Pages/USIndex.aspx

 

OHCHR Country Page –Iraq: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/MENARegion/Pages/IQIndex.aspx

 

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Media Unit

Xabier Celaya, Information Officer: + 41 22 917 9383 / xcelaya@ohchr.org

 

I know a lot of boxing fans are not to happy that this fight is taking place. But I still want to here your opinions and your thoughts about this fight.

BoxRec

Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2 38 KO)
Antonio Margarito (38-6 27 KO)

I’m picking Manny for the win (surprised). Margarito didn’t look so good in his last 2 fights especially against his fight with Sugar Shane Mosley and now he is facing a extremely better fighter Pacquiao. I do not see this fight going the distance.

The only way I see Margarito winning is if gets Pacquiao in the corner or against the ropes and unloads on Pacquiao. But I believe Manny is to smart and quick to allow Margarito to that. Speed and mobility will be Pacquiao’s greatest advantage and if Manny keeps the fight in the middle of the ring he will win easily.

One other thing to consider is if Manny’s chin and body capable of taking big shots against these bigger guys like Margarito. The great thing about boxing is it only takes one big shot to change the outcome of this fight.

This fight will be taking place in the Dallas Cowboy Stadium (Texas).

Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, United States
   
 referee: Laurence Cole | judge: Oren Shellenberger | judge: Juergen Langos | judge: Glen Rick Crocker
vacant WBC light middleweight title (supervisor: Jose Sulaiman)

Who do you think will win Pacquiao vs Margarito and will you be watching this boxing fight?

Leave comments below.

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UPDATE after the fight:

Pacquiao Vs Margarito Results & Highlights: PacMan Reiterates His Authority. In an one sided encounter, Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao defeated his Mexican-American opponent Antonio Margarito yesterday in Arlington, Texas, boosting his status as the world's top boxer. A total of 41,734 people were present at Cowboys Stadium to watch the fight in which Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 knockouts) completely dominated his taller opponent.
 
Pacquiao used his speed and punches quite well to tame Margarito. Pacquiao launched 1069 blows and landed over 400 power punches during the fight, which itself shows that the Filipino boxer was super quick inside the ring.

The southpaw rained punches on Margarito and his right hook was equally lethal. With this win, Pacquiao claimed the title of the WBC super-welterweight champion. Though, Pacquiao won the fight quite comfortably, he said after the fight, "Margarito was my toughest fight. He hurt me badly to the body and head in the sixth round. He is very strong and has a great heart."

Pacquiao started very confidently and kept on dominating Margarito round after round. Pacquiao also known as Pac Man looked in total control of the fight and during the 11th round he turned to referee Laurence Cole hinting him to stop the fight. "I can't believe that I beat someone this big and this strong. It's hard. I really do my best to win the fight," said Pacquiao.

On his part, Margarito looked clueless in front of Pacquiao but he did not give up, though his efforts went in vain. "There was no way I was going to quit. I'm a Mexican, we fight until the end," Margarito said. (Source: lanewsmonitor.com)

 
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to challenge a Swedish prosecutor's "bizarre and exotic" request for an international arrest warrant, his lawyer tells Channel 4 News.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to challenge Swedish prosecutor's call for an international arrest warrant to be issued (Image: Reuters)

Mr Assange's lawyers are to launch an appeal after a Swedish court yesterday ordered the detention of Mr Assange on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

Mark Stephens, Julian Assange's UK-based lawyer,claimed to Channel 4 News that the prosecutor "jumped ahead" in her call for an arrest warrant, which is subject to an appeal in Sweden first.

Mr Stephens declined Channel 4 News an interview with Mr Assange directly on the basis that the prosecutor has not yet given Mr Assange details of the allegations against him, nor the evidence. He said Mr Assange has repeatedly asked to meet her and face police questioning.

"It makes it nigh on impossible to answer her. It is highly irregular. I have never seen this happen before," Mr Stephens said.

"She is deliberately poisoning the media well by portraying Julian as a rapist who's running from justice," he added.

'Flight risk'

Prosecutor Marianne Ny told the Swedish press however that she was not aware of Mr Assange's willingness to meet, adding that "the district court shared our opinion that there is flight risk in this case".

Mr Stephens, a partner at Finers Stephens Innocent, said Ms Ny's "cynical ploy" is in breach of Swedish laws. "The co-counsel was not even told what the allegations were until they stood up in court yesterday," he added.

Mr Stephens claims there is an attempt to "disadvantage" Mr Assange by running a smear campaign against the WikiLeaks founder, who was responsible for the largest ever leak of classified Iraq war files last month.

 

The 39-year-old Australian has a team of more than 160 Pentagon staff focusing on his activities, Mr Stephens said, alongside security staff from Britain's own GCHQ, M15 and M16.


The precise nature of the allegations remain ambiguous Mr Stephens said, as under Swedish law the sexual offences detailed could be anything from a lewd comment or a grope, to worse.

While Ms Ny could not be reached for comment, a statement on the Swedish Prosecution Authority's website reads: "Due to the ongoing investigation and the parties involved, the prosecutor cannot at the moment give more information concerning the suspicions or which investigation matters have been conducted".

Mr Stephens said the team of lawyers working on Mr Assange's behalf have over a century of legal experience between them and "not one of us have ever come across a case even in the Third World where the prosecution have declined to give information on the allegations or meet".

While he would not say where in the world Mr Assange is right now, it is understood he was in the UK earlier this week and had informed UK officials of his presence in the country.

Mr Assange remains willing to meet Ms Ny, Mr Stephens said.

"For all the Swedish taxpayers' money she has spent on getting InterPol etc involved, she could have hired a private jet and met Julian by now," he added.

Source: channel4.com

 

WikiLeaks has abandoned the Swedish servers it had previously used to store many of the confidential documents revealed by the whistleblower website.

“They left without saying anything to us. They haven’t used our services for awhile,” Mikael Viborg, CEO of Swedish web hosting company PRQ, told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Viborg told the newspaper that he estimates stopped using his facilities about a month ago. He has since turned off the machines.

“They should have actually said they didn’t want to use our services any longer. We sent a final bill a few weeks ago which still hasn’t been paid,” he said.

Instead of servers based in Sweden, WikiLeaks now relies on machines based in France, according to DN, which used a traceroute to track the path traveled by internet traffic seeking to reach WikiLeaks.

PRQ revealed in August, just two weeks before the surfacing of rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, it had been helping the whistleblower websites since 2008 by hosting its servers at a secret basement location in a Stockholm suburb.

WikiLeaks "contacted us through a third party in Sweden a few years ago and... their traffic goes through us," the 27-year-old Viborg told AFP at the time.

He said the company's server hall housed several hundred servers and was located "somewhere in Solna," some five kilometres (three miles) from Stockholm's centre.

WikiLeaks had purchased a so-called tunnel service, he said, meaning "the material itself is somewhere else but is sent through our machines so for someone downloading the material, it looks like it is coming from us."


He stressed however that "we have no control over what WikiLeaks publishes.

Sweden's constitutional protections for confidential sources was cited at the time as one of the reasons behind WikiLeaks' choice of Sweden as a home for its servers.

Rules on source protection are written into the Swedish constitution and effectively block individuals and government agencies from attempting to uncover journalists’ sources. Revealing the identity if sources who wish to remain anonymous is a punishable offence.

However, the law only applied to websites or publications that possess a special publishing licence (utgivningsbevis) granting them constitutional protection, and WikiLeaks has not acquired the requisite paperwork, it was reported at the time.

WikiLeaks, which was founded in December 2006 and styles itself "the first intelligence agency of the people," published some 77,000 classified documents on the US-led war in Afghanistan in late July.

Then in October, the website released nearly 400,000 classified documents concerning the US war in Iraq.

An international warrant for Assange’s arrest was issued by Swedish police on Friday. The WikieLeaks founder has been accused of raping one woman in Sweden and sexually molesting another while visiting Sweden in August.

He has strongly denied the charges and hinted that they could be part of a "smear campaign" against his whistleblower website for publishing classified US documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se) - Source: thelocal.se

 

What do you think? Leave your comment below.


The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and videos. Founder Julian Assange, who is reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished and what drives him.

 
By Admin (from 22/11/2010 @ 08:00:05, in en - Global Observatory, read 1230 times)

“We paid the cover charge of life with our birth, and we all pay the full cost with our death, so everything else in between should be free.” - Bill Hicks

When the use of money as a means of resource allocation first occurred in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq and Syria) around five thousand years ago, a theory, which has since plagued humanity’s understanding of the world, was born. It has been named ‘the basic economic problem’ and is taught as gospel to all students of the free enterprise system. Sadly, challenges to its validity are thus rare, and economists of all levels are continually indoctrinated with a well-manipulated lie about the fundamentals of human sociology. It states the following:
“The world’s resources are finite, but human wants are infinite.”

The truth that so few ever learn is that there is no ‘basic economic problem’. To better understand this, some terminology must be first defined: most importantly, the erroneous phrase ‘human nature’.

Human nature is often defined as ‘the psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human beings’. Like ‘the basic economic problem’, the truth is that there is no such thing as ‘human nature’, at least to the misguided and exaggerated extent understood by the majority. Humans, as a species, are actually born with virtually nothing that is ‘common’ to all. Arguably, the only thing that we do share is a basic need for survival, through the consumption of nutritious food and clean water, and shelter from danger. No human is born wanting to die, and so we can reliably claim that the desire to survive is part of ‘human nature’. That, however, is where humanity’s universal characteristics end, and that is why there is truly no such thing as ‘human greed’ or ‘the basic economic problem’. These are all myths designed to maintain your faith in a broken system.

Secondly, the term ‘monetary-ism’ must also be defined. Monetary-ism is used in this document in place of all the other ‘ism’ ideologies: capitalism, communism, socialism, fascism (and so on and so forth), for they are all fundamentally the same. They are all irrelevant ideologies with the same deep-rooted core: an unyielding faith in the monetary system. Communist China and capitalist America are really no different in this sense, and so this term will be used to more accurately describe the market-based free-enterprise system, where labour is sold for wages in order to fuel cyclical consumption. This general economic process will henceforth be referred to as monetary-ism.

No human being is naturally greedy. In the same way, no human being is good, bad, smart, stupid, or any other variable characteristic; this simply stems from the primitive religious expectation that there are only ‘good’ and ‘evil’ people. As an overall race, human beings simply are. Every boy and every girl is born into this world equal, a blank canvas. No human being is competitive or materialistic as a result of – depending on how you value those traits – any genetic advantage or fault, and this is why ‘the basic economic problem’ is essentially nonsense; people can be conditioned to believe that their demands are infinite, but this is not an inherent, unchangeable or fixed trait.

“The first man, who, after enclosing a piece of land, took it into his head to say ‘this is mine’, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of our current civil society. How many crimes, wars, murders, misfortunes and horrors would the human species have been spared had someone pulled up the stakes or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men: ‘Beware of listening to this impostor. You are lost if you forget that the fruits of this earth belong to us all, and the Earth itself to nobody.’
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

TO BE CONTINUED ...

Author: Liam Blee - Source: thezeitgeistmovement.com

 
By Admin (from 22/11/2010 @ 17:00:01, in en - Global Observatory, read 2512 times)

WIKILEAKS has revealed plans to publish a new tranche of secrets, this one seven times larger than last month's massive 400,000 military reports about the Iraq war.

The announcement comes days after Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for the organisation's editor, the Australian citizen Julian Assange, following a two month investigation into allegations of rape.

WikiLeaks announced on Twitter yesterday afternoon: "Next release is 7x the size of the Iraq War Logs. Intense pressure over it for months."

It has published two massive tranches of secret US military reports about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - 77,000 files on Afghanistan in July, and 400,000 files on Iraq last month. It has not discussed where the material came from. But US authorities have charged a soldier, intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, over the thefts.

Mr Assange has been in England since leaving Sweden in August after publicity surrounding the allegations made by the two women.

Both had separate and brief sexual liaisons with the WikiLeaks editor while he was there, and both allege they had consensual sex with him, but that he refused to wear a condom.

Mr Assange and his supporters have alleged he is the victim of a US-initiated smear campaign as a result of his work.

"I request the District Court of Stockholm to detain Mr Assange in his absence, suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion," the Swedish Director of Prosecutions, Marianne Ny, said last week.

In a statement the same day Mr Assange's London lawyer, Mark Stephens, said the allegations were "false and without basis". He also said Mr Assange has repeatedly offered to be interviewed.

"All of these offers have been flatly refused by a prosecutor who is abusing her powers by insisting that he return to Sweden at his own expense to be subjected to another media circus that she will orchestrate."

Author: Dylan Welch - Source: smh.com.au

 
By Admin (from 23/11/2010 @ 08:00:40, in en - Global Observatory, read 1670 times)

... CONTINUES.

History is filled with examples of wars, invasions, genocides, and all manner of abuses of power that have been waged by men and women who desire to steal what they do not already possess, and in this way, it is easy to see why it is so widely assumed that humans as a race are implicitly competitive, acquisitive, and self-serving. Despite the implications of this evidence, however, this is simply superficial and untrue. I believe that the best way of explaining this is through a particularly excellent quotation, which came from the Belgian economist Bernard Lietaer, who worked closely on the creation of the EU currency system, and who succinctly summarises the issue:
“Greed and competition are not the result of immutable human temperament; greed and fear of scarcity are in fact being continuously created and amplified as a direct result of the money we are using. We can produce more than enough food to feed everyone, and enough work for everybody in the world, but there is clearly not enough money to pay for it all. The job of the central banks is to create and maintain this scarcity, and the direct consequence of this is that we have to fight with each other in order to survive.”
- Bernard Lietaer

What exactly does Lietaer mean by this? Firstly, he points out that greed, competition and all similar characteristics are ‘not the result of immutable human temperament’: in other words, they are in no way fundamentally incorporated into the human race, which in turn means that they can be changed and removed. Secondly, he addresses their true origin: ‘the money we are using’. Essentially, his point is this; people are conditioned to be greedy and materialistic because monetary-ism is designed to create competition through scarcity: if there isn’t enough to go round, people will work harder in order to obtain that ‘stuff’, even if it is at the expense of others. This is why people become greedy, or, as Lietaer poetically puts it, why ‘we have to fight with each other in order to survive’.

How, exactly, have we been manipulated to believe that our wants are infinite and that our greed is primordial? Modern culture is, in fact, riddled with institutions that perpetuate this myth, although we rarely stop to question either their motives or their methods. Perhaps the biggest contributor is the advertising and marketing industry. Their simple procedure is to make people feel inadequate, inept, and inferior because of what they do or do not own, and then offer their particular product as the ‘cure’ to these insufficiencies. They constantly bombard the population with messages and images of models and celebrities who are ‘better people’ than you because of the labels on their clothes. Vast expenditure is used to achieve this: ZenithOptimedia reported that over $542 billion will be spent on advertising globally by the end of 2010, whilst “it is currently estimated that a child sees more than 40,000 television commercials a year”. The simple fact is that, in surrendering to their suggestions of inferiority and purchasing their products, consumers are parading those labels on their behalf, becoming a walking advertisement with no earned wage.

The entire fashion industry, and the advertising agencies with which they work with, have created and installed an artificial system of values within all of us, convincing the population that a person can be deemed good or bad, worthy or unworthy, simply because of their ability to purchase the latest designer goods. Thus, we constantly lust for more: our idea of self-fulfillment and achievement becomes so clouded and illogical that we believe that the greatest sense of accomplishment in life comes from purchasing certain commercial articles. ‘Fashions’ are thus created: endless advertising manipulates our values, creating trends that people are forced to adhere to, simply out of fear that they will be mocked for failure to conform. We lose all sense of perspective and balance; the way we continually evaluate our self-worth on some imaginary, materialistic, commercial scale fuels our need to constantly purchase more in order to be the apparent best person that we can. The manifestation of our values is quantified by the fact that, in culture is, in fact, riddled with institutions that perpetuate this myth, although we rarely stop to question either their motives or their methods. Perhaps the biggest contributor is the advertising and marketing industry. Their simple procedure is to make people feel inadequate, inept, and inferior because of what they do or do not own, and then offer their particular product as the ‘cure’ to these insufficiencies. They constantly bombard the population with messages and images of models and celebrities who are ‘better people’ than you because of the labels on their clothes. Vast expenditure is used to achieve this: ZenithOptimedia reported that over $542 billion will be spent on advertising globally by the end of 2010, whilst “it is currently estimated that a child sees more than 40,000 television commercials a year”. The simple fact is that, in surrendering to their suggestions of inferiority and purchasing their products, consumers are parading those labels on their behalf, becoming a walking advertisement with no earned wage.
The entire fashion industry, and the advertising agencies with which they work with, have created and installed an artificial system of values within all of us, convincing the population that a person can be deemed good or bad, worthy or unworthy, simply because of their ability to purchase the latest designer goods. Thus, we constantly lust for more: our idea of self-fulfillment and achievement becomes so clouded and illogical that we believe that the greatest sense of accomplishment in life comes from purchasing certain commercial articles. ‘Fashions’ are thus created: endless advertising manipulates our values, creating trends that people are forced to adhere to, simply out of fear that they will be mocked for failure to conform. We lose all sense of perspective and balance; the way we continually evaluate our self-worth on some imaginary, materialistic, commercial scale fuels our need to constantly purchase more in order to be the apparent best person that we can. The manifestation of our values is quantified by the fact that, in the USA alone, over $250 billion is spent annually on fashion, whilst the US Department of Education’s 2010 budget was only $46.7 billion.

TO BE CONTINUED ...

Author: Liam Blee - Source: thezeitgeistmovement.com

 
By Admin (from 24/11/2010 @ 08:00:25, in en - Global Observatory, read 2740 times)

... CONTINUES.

“The only true lasting American value that’s still around today is buying things; people spending money they don’t have on things they don’t need.” - George Carlin

Yet, we continue to believe that ‘this is just the way it is’: that greed is natural and thus acceptable. This ridiculous notion is what all of the text books are based upon, this ‘me against you, us against them’ mentality is where the absurd and fallacious ‘basic economic problem’ comes from, and this incredible lie is what makes people maintain their nonsensical support for monetary-ism, despite its plainly horrific flaws. To truly put this into perspective, ‘the basic economic problem’ causes 34,000 people to die every day because of poverty, and forces around 3.4 billion people (half of all people on earth) to survive on less than $2 per day. How anyone can be aware of these statistics and still refuse to seek alternatives is nothing short of a disgusting and unsane disregard for human life. If you still believe that human wants are naturally infinite, rather than the result of the competitive environment in which we are raised – the environment which ‘forces us to fight with each other to survive’ – I will now attempt to provide some other broader examples.

A better analogy than the ‘blank canvas’ to which I earlier referred is the idea that all children are born holding a mirror; they reflect the society around them. A child born into an Italian family and raised in Italy will develop the mannerisms of the Italian culture; the accent, the traditions, the tastes and all other aspects will be ‘mirrored’ by the child. He was not born with an ‘Italian’ gene which made him this way. Similarly, a child born to German parents in Germany who is then adopted by English foster parents in England will reflect the English culture in which he is raised, rather than developing a German accent, etc. Characteristics such as dialect, tradition and taste are in no way more inherent in humans than greed: a man who lives alone on an island and has no competition for food and water will not develop the same ‘infinite wants’ as a man raised in a village of one hundred people who only have access to one fruit tree and one well.

Additionally, through further analogies, we can see that this is not just a trend limited to humans. In World War Two, dogs were trained to attack and kill Japanese soldiers; simultaneously, dogs were also trained to guide the blind. The dog that kills soldiers is not bad, just as much as the guide dog is not good: they are simply the products of training and conditioning, in no different a way as we are the products of the indoctrination of the monetary system. A frequently raised question is: ‘I’ve worked for what I have, why should people in the less-developed world be given the same for free?’ Let me simply remind you that you were born into modern Britain, where electricity, running water, hospitals, schools, cars, telephones, televisions, computers and every other piece of technology which betters your life had already been created. You contributed nothing to this, yet still have total access to it.

The vital understanding is that ‘the basic economic problem’ that we have been presented with is simply not accurate in the way that most people understand it: human wants are not infinite. Rather, the wants of humans raised in a competitive environment – where fighting others for survival is the norm – may be infinite, but to label this a natural facet of all men is simply inaccurate. In the world as it is today, our only motivation and measurement of success is monetary reward, and so to constantly seek more (even when we have no tangible use for it) seems a natural process. In this way, however, ‘the basic economic problem’ is not some ultimate obstacle to a transition to a Resource-Based Economy. If people can be conditioned to believe that they will demand materialistic gratification indefinitely, they can just as easily be conditioned to think the opposite. This is not even an alien methodology without grounds in the present system; in a 2010 speech to students at Oxford University, American studier of motivational patterns Dan Pink discussed the following unconventional approaches to employment.

In the past few years, an Australian software company named Atlassian has introduced a scheme called ‘FedEx Days’ – presumably stemming from the idea of delivering an overnight solution – to their business. The idea is that, several times a year, their entire workforce is given 24 hours of totally free time in order to engineer a solution to a problem of their choosing. They are allowed to work on absolutely anything, without limitations, targets or budgets, as long as it does not relate to their everyday paid work. Atlassian admits that some of its most successful software solutions have stemmed from these ‘FedEx Days’. The engineers who develop these ideas are motivated by the chance to fulfil their creative potential and express their ability, rather than by monetary reward or the need to meet a given expectation.

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This concept has been taken further by Internet giant, Google, who operates a policy known as ’Twenty Percent Time’. Instead of being given a day or two each year to work entirely freely, without set aims or objectives, Google’s engineers operate totally independently of management for twenty percent of their overall employment time. From this, some of Google’s biggest successes, including Google News and Gmail have arisen; in a talk at Stanford University, Google’s Vice President of Search Products and User Experience stated that “half of all new products are the result of ‘Twenty Percent Time’”.

These trends have led to the development of an entire philosophy regarding motivation and work, known as the Results Only Work Environment (ROWE). ROWE accepts the fact that in both business and the wider world, results are often the only recognized factor in measuring success. As such, businesses that have adopted the ROWE approach do not set their staff hours, offices, targets, objectives or any other requirements that paralyze creativity. Employees are allowed to work when they choose, where they choose, to whatever means they choose, as long as they reach the specified final result. They are not taught how or when to do things, allowing them to develop their own uniquely creative methods and motives. Thus far, in all cases where the ROWE philosophy has been enacted, worker satisfaction has increased, worker engagement has increased and overall productivity has increased.

In 1993, Microsoft began a little-known project to create a digital encyclopaedia, named Encarta. You may have correctly assumed that Encarta is little-known because of the fact that it was largely commercially unsuccessful. This lack of success came despite heavy investment into paid professionals to create the encyclopaedia entries by strict deadlines in excellent working conditions, contrary to what we are told about monetary incentive driving human achievement. Eight years after Encarta’s inception, another encyclopaedia project was launched, this time utilizing an entirely different model. In this model, there are no wages for contributors, nor is there any other sort of tangible, materialistic reward. It is based simply on the fact that people enjoy expressing their creativity, and relish the chance to contribute to a cause larger than themselves. As a result, Wikipedia is undoubtedly the best-known digital encyclopaedia in the world today, far out-stripping the achievements of Encarta.

What these successes all prove is that allowing our beliefs about how the human race can operate creatively to stagnate in the outdated pool of monetary-ism is simply unproductive and inefficient. Until we accept that, we will continue to live in a society where decency and ethical behavior are fundamentally impossible.

“We were saying how very important it is to bring about, in the human mind, the radical revolution. The crisis is a crisis in consciousness; a crisis that cannot anymore accept the old norms; the old patterns; the ancient traditions. And, considering what the world is now, with all the misery, conflict, destructive brutality, aggression, and so on, man is still as he was: is still brutal, violent, aggressive, acquisitive, competitive, and he has built a society along these lines.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti

The other half of the ‘basic economic problem’ is arguably less ambiguous: ‘the world’s resources are finite’. However, this should not be interpreted as ‘money is the only way of distributing something of a limited quality’.

It is true that if we continue to fuel approximately 300 million automobiles with oil, we will run out. It is true that if we continue to heat our homes with coal and natural gas, we will run out. It is also true that, in his work The Republic, Plato identified that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. This essentially means that, whenever humanity runs out of a resource, an alternative will be sought. This is no less true today than it was in 380 BC: realizing that our energy sources are dwindling, massive investment has been made in ‘green’ fuel – perhaps more so than you even realize. The fact is that we could stop burning all fossil fuels tomorrow and never run out of energy using today’s technologies. Geothermal power alone has been proven to be a source of potential energy potent enough to fuel the world as it is now for the next 4000 years.

Additionally, the world’s core heat constantly renews itself, allowing geothermal energy to realistically power everything on earth infinitely. Although I have only briefly addressed the issue of energy, it does not require a well-qualified scientist to even begin to guess at the limitless number of possible alternative materials and resources that could be harnessed, given man’s incredible known propensity toward innovation.

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States of America, first started seeking ways for his country to enter World War Two, the US owned roughly 600 fighter jets, and lacked the money to invest in more. Yet, what they did have access to was the resources to produce fighters, and by the end of the war, they were creating 90,000 every year. What this shows is that, in times of war, we are more than capable of producing arms at incredible rates, regardless of the availability of money. Imagine if this same efficiency was applied in times of peace, and we instead chose to produce food and build schools and hospitals instead of fighter planes. This is a testament to our true ability to produce abundance when necessary.

I hope that you will assess this article with an open mind. Evidently, it is difficult to accept that everything your teachers and text books have taught you about the way Man operates within this system is a combination of lies and nonsense, but I hope that you are intelligent enough not to accept the first thing you hear or read as gospel. In a world where so much is concentrated in the hands of so few, at the brutal expense of so many, it is easy to see that something is very wrong. Your duty to yourself and to everyone around you is to never stop asking questions. ‘Be a teacher and a student; inspire everyone around you through your example’.

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“Money is only important in a society when certain resources for survival must be rationed and the people accept money as an exchange medium for the scarce resources. Money is a social convention: it is not a natural resource, nor does it represent one. It is not necessary for survival unless we have been conditioned to accept it as such.”
- Jacque Fresco

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