If you can’t beat them (robots), should you join them? The quantified self will evolve to the optimized self, meaning humans will be supported by extreme wearable and embedded sensoring enabling real-time, on-demand guidance from a commercial cloud coach (Google?) for every step, move, and decision they make whether it’s at work or on the playing field; i.e., becoming more machine-like. The dark side is that humans’ born-with intelligence and cognitive skills and capacities will atrophy just like a broken leg in a cast. It will be the end of thinking.
What is modern slavery?
Where should transgender children use the bathroom?
Can enhanced interrogation (torture) ever be justified?
in general: lessons of history: The Guardians Pedersen > Geopolitics big ideas| oppression & struggle: Human Acts Kang | United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights | dictatorships: Kim Jong-un | migrant workers: Cesar Chavez | torture: Break the Chain sp | CIA: Senate Report 2014 | ethiopia: Zone 9 | Geneva Conventions | Human Rights Watch: hrw | oral histories: Voice of Witness | UN Global Compact | modern trafficking: Human Trafficking Shelley | documentary: Harvest of Shame Murrow
For all of us that have a commitment to living out our years in Illinois, it’s a very scary proposition. I’ve got a State pension and who knows what could happen 5, 10, 20 years down the road. I guess I’m going to find out.
Illinois is in a slow bankruptcy burn. I’ve been inside companies that went bankrupt and Illinois has all the signs:
- overwhelmed by crushing debt that grows daily
- harassed by creditors from every angle that is slowly grinding the State down
- a delusional hope springs eternal denial of the problem
- citizen’s clueless to the real magnitude of the problem; or,
- they simply don’t give a shit because there is nothing they can do about it and when it all blows up, they will just move on down the road
- the problem is unfixable
- the State is checked
- the State is….. checkmate
The State will eventually hit the wall and either goes through a “simulated” bankruptcy; or, everything and everybody blows away like dust in the wind.
Chris Kennedy and other wealthy businessmen-politicians mean well but will only give us what the classic quote tells us and we all know deep down: “If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten.” But, I do admire that Kennedy et al want a crack at the State’s Fiscal Gordian Knot and are chomping at the bit to kick out Governor Bruce Rauner on his billion-dollar country club ass.
The politicians will NEVER solve the State’s Fiscal Gordian Knot in our lifetimes. Only the people can solve this by:
- firing every sitting politician all the way up to the governor
- hiring a third party turnaround trustee-manager person that does not live in Illinois and is clean of any conflicts of interest
- have the person report directly to the people
- have the person manage a “moonshot” competition to develop a 50-year plan to reach financial sustainability
- any person and/or team on the planet can submit their moonshot plan
- have the people use “approval voting” to vote for the best moonshot plan
- the winning moonshot team gets $100M paid out over 50 years contingent on performance of the plan over time
- while the plan is playing out, re-engineer and revolutionize Illinois government so this never happens again
All you radical-thinking, clear-thinking people out there, here’s your chance to make your mark, never have to work again (unless you want to), save Illinois, and in the process design a revolutionary financial roadmap for the rest of the world because we’re all going to need it.
Crazy, you say?
Have you got a better idea?
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Like it or not, successful leaders can come in all stripes: good, bad, and ugly.
Some teachers are cruel to their students, while some teachers change students’ lives.
Some coaches are jerks, while some coaches inspire greatness in their athletes.
Some CEOs are flat out assholes, while some CEOs are fair, honest, and visionary.
Some presidents are philandering, big mouth blowhard’s, while some presidents are soft-spoken, strong, inspirational leaders of a nation.
This is the way of the world. It is frustrating to the average civil person who plays by the rules, when a CEO or a politician or any person in a position of leadership and power can be as successful as they are mean, conniving, and dysfunctional.
As to our newly elected President Donald Trump, we must give him the benefit of the doubt because that is what we do as Americans. As to his character and performance going forward, time will tell, the ball is in his court.
Should burning the flag be a protected form of free speech? Consider this:
- Was the flag burner trespassing?
- Did the flag burner hurt anyone?
- Did the flag burner catch anything else on fire?
- Did the flag burner burn a public flag that they did not own?
- Was it an act of treason, in and of itself?
If the answer is “no” for all five questions, then the flag burner is not a criminal. They were just someone that took their own flag onto public property where they are entitled to go, and they burned it (unfortunately they don’t have a flag anymore) but didn’t hurt anybody or anything in the process. If we’re going to send a person to jail for this, then we will have to reevaluate thousands of actions that people perform every day that should be equivalently considered obnoxious, disturbing, anti-patriotic, or criminal. There will be social accountability enough from family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues that the flag burner will have to face, and possibly realize that “I will never do that again!”
Come on, we’ve got to get a grip on ourselves, take a step back and get some perspective, and not be so mentally and spiritually brittle! This is America. We are tough, flexible, resilient, and open-minded, so we can absorb the actions of a flag burner. We can’t rule-make a person into being civil and/or patriotic – it’s either in their heart, or it’s not.
What do you think?
My choice for a “2016 Person of the Year” is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who came out of the blue to produce, direct, and star in Hamilton which is quickly becoming one of the most successful musicals ever created.
Why Hamilton? And why Miranda? It is not just because it is a massive hit that is entertaining as hell, but it is because the musical and the man are inspiring us and teaching on so many levels:
Hamilton makes us sing.
Hamilton makes us dance.
Hamilton makes us laugh.
Hamilton makes us cry.
Hamilton makes us think!!
Hamilton is a tour de force experience that enlightens us, challenges us, provokes us, and wrings us dry of energy and emotion by the end of a performance. So it is no wonder that Miranda’s Hamilton is shattering records for the number of awards received and tickets sold. It is on a path to be a $billion+ artistic/entertainment enterprise that is touching and positively impacting (and this is very important) millions of people, young to old, around the world.
Hamilton as a creative product that deserves to be studied by those people who study such things. The musical is a who-knew fusion of history and hip-hop and dance and narrative at the right time, in the right way that has, in the parlance of innovation science, become a “breakthrough.”
Joseph Schumpeter wrote about “creative destruction,” which is what we observe when new innovations obsolete the incumbent technology/systems almost overnight, and in so doing create a new paradigm. Hamilton has broken some traditional rules of Broadway and created new rules which will inspire a fresh wave of creative innovators.
Haven’t we all daydreamed about creating our own breakthrough? We, people of earth, are all hard-wired to design, create, and build. We all can unleash that potential within us when we turn off the TV, turn off the “smart” phone, and sit quietly on the couch doodling and massaging ideas in our head. When you immerse yourself in the thinking flow, you can feel it (like browsing through a bookstore), and it feels good. Hamilton is exciting people all over the world to go do their creative thing.
But to chase and follow through on a crazy idea, it sometimes requires taking a flying leap-of-faith risk to make it happen. Unfortunately, most of us can’t quit our day jobs and because of family obligations or our own too big to fail situation, we step away from the risk and the creative moment is lost.
Is that you out there?
How many things can we point to this year that have lifted millions of people up, and up, and up even higher in 2016? In contrast, we have been saturated in a political season that has been a regrettable demonstration of the strategic power of negativity — the dark side of the force. In this dystrumpian, reality TV, pundit-overloaded world we now live in, we need more Hamiltonesque positivity to counterbalance the negativity of all the talking heads.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, you’ve got my vote!