Only from the weight of evidence provided by comparative study of many information sources,
can one hope to reach a convincing conclusion.
Born of the Bank of Ideas and the Occupy movement, Critical Thinking is a collaborative research project to understand contemporary affairs in the context of financial markets, commerce, media, government and public institutions. It is a process by which we are continuously learning and refining our world view in the light of new information - learning never ceases. The narrative is never settled.
Our work to date reveals that power resides with a narrow elite whose wealth and power is derived from:
Change is inevitable and the current political economy is unsustainable.
Yesterday's Daily Pickings referred to the 2015 Constitutionalists Charter in the UK and a possible structure to put power back in the hands of people. Devolution of power is essential to ensure decisions are made in the common interest and to eliminate corruption. One example of devolved power is the technology behind Bitcoin. Mathematical blockchain algorithms ensure that all information is embedded in the system and cannot be manipulated. It can be applied to things other than money and could form part of the solution to devolve political and economic power.
Are You Ready to Trust a Decentralized Autonomous Organization? By Nathan Schneider (H/T)
The big idea that makes crypto-currency tick in the first place is the blockchain. Bitcoin’s blockchain, for instance, is a list of transactions that shows which users hold how much of the currency. No one entity controls the list. Rather than being kept on a single, central server, the blockchain is stored and checked across the whole network of users. Sophisticated mathematics — the “crypto” part — keeps it secure. Thus, a lot of the trust that typical currencies rely on — that the issuing government won’t go bust, that cash can’t easily be counterfeited — is no longer needed. In the algorithm we trust.
The disappointment among Yes voters and supporters around the world is understandable but the 45% vote in favour of Scottish independence is a huge achievement and a significant step towards dislodging the power of the criminal ruling clique (CRC).
The deplorable antics of puppet politicians, media and establishment figures reveal their desperation to preserve the status quo for vested interests. As for those who voted No out of some misplaced sense of patriotism and fear of the unknown (hyped to levels of hysteria in the media), Artist Taxi Driver tweeted it best: Morpheus:"...And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”
But this is only one step on the road to take back power from the CRC. The whole UK electorate, including the Scots, will have the opportunity to change politics for good in next May's general election.
Yesterday's Daily Pickings prompted Chris to point out what the architects of the Terrorism Act 2000 didn't envisage; it can be used to hold them to account for war crimes - the Act and it's interpretation by the Supreme Court make it clear.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2013 in paragraph 28 of R ‘v’ Gul UKSC 64 that:
“As a matter of ordinary language, the definition [of terrorism] would seem to cover any violence or damage to property if it is carried out with a view to influencing a government or IGO in order to advance a very wide range of causes. Thus it would appear to extend to military or quasi-military activity aimed at bringing down a foreign government, even where that activity is approved (officially or unofficially) by the UK Government.”
Sea ice extent in the Antarctic is greater than it's been since satellite records began in 1978 but you're not likely to be told that by the media, particularly the BBC which has an agreed policy to suppress all stories and data undermining the climate change narrative.
Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Sept 15 2014 – 1,224,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. Data for Day 257. Data here.
18,000 sq km higher than yesterdays record. And 170,000 sq km higher than 2013’s all-time record.
Arctic sea ice hit a record low in 2012 but may be recovering with the Northwest passage now blocked, in contrast to recent years. It is much too early to say definitively Arctic sea ice is recovering but predictions of an ice free Arctic look less plausible.