The consequences of growth

Millions of people have watched Dr Albert Bartlett talk about arithmetic on Youtube. “Arithmetic!” I hear you cry! What’s the big deal?

Professor Albert Bartlett:

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”

It’s interesting and important. The conclusions are relevant to everyone.

If we all understood the easily grasped facts about unbridled growth and its consequences, we’d leave a better world for our children, and be better able to see through the nonsense fed to us by politicians, economists, and big business.

You’ll hear, in Professor Bartlett’s talk, the asinine views of influential people who believe that basic arithmetic, and the laws of physics, aren’t applicable in their patch.

It will help you to understand compound interest too. 🙂

Dr Martin Luther King:

Unlike the plagues of the dark ages, or contemporary diseases which we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is solvable with means we have discovered and with resources we possess. What is lacking is not sufficient knowledge of the solution, but universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and the education of the billions who are its victims.

Rather read about it?

Here is a transcript of Dr Bartlett’s talk

Inequality hurts rich and poor alike

How economic inequality harms societies

Richard Wilkinson’s TED talk is a must see, it should be shown in schools, it should be understood by every voter, and by every politician and economist.

Inequality is one of the most important causes of the woes of the 21st century world. Its roots are embedded in our pernicious debt-based monetary system which allows the banking system to steal the wealth of the rest of us by charging interest on debt. That debt is created by banks, at no cost, out of thin air.

It’s worth noting that in the developed world, the most unequal societies are generally those of the English-speaking world and the most equal and most contented are in Scandinavia.

Inequality bias from The Listener

A year ago, The New Zealand Listener editorial “On the Road Again” waxed sceptical on inequality.

…Much is made, for example, of the gap between rich and poor, even to the extent of it being the subject of a partisan documentary presented by the all-purpose television guru Nigel Latta…

Sorry Listener, and your multi-billion dollar corporate owner, but Nigel, as a psychologist, is as qualified as anyone to understand the effects of inequality. More qualified than the hordes of economists, commentators, and politicians who’ve flogged the neoliberal dream for the last few decades and turned it into a nightmare for many. His argument holds water, apart from the fact that he doesn’t seem to know that the banks create most of their mortgage lending money out of thin air.

…Thus Winston Peters proposes to help families by removing GST from essential food items (an idea previously abandoned by Labour) and assures us that the $3 billion in lost revenue can be recouped by targeting tax dodgers, as if pursuing evaders has never been tried before…

Hello? Yes, Winston has had the opportunity to deal to the tax-dodgers before and hasn’t fronted. Politicians of all stripes keep promising to deal to the thieves but—just like their mates in the rest of the OECD—when they gain power it seems to go on the back burner.

Ever wonder why?
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Cloud storage with Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud based data storage and synchronization service which provides 2GB of free storage and 50 or 100 GB for subscription accounts. Save your files in a Dropbox folder on your computer, and when you’re connected to the Internet, they’re automatically updated on Dropbox’s servers whenever you make changes.

Switch to a different computer, and your data are automatically synced as soon as you go online. Even if it’s not your computer, you can still access your files from your Dropbox online account or via a smartphone or tablet app.

You can share your files with others.

The nice folk at DropBox give you 2GB of free synchronized storage, and it’s a no-brainer to use. Download Dropbox using this referral link from me and you’ll get an extra 500MB of free storage. As will I. 🙂
This is an outstanding service.

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Because it’s easy to manage, I use Dropbox for all of my everyday working files; the ones that I access or change regularly: Files like my todo list; computer installation logs; inventory; and web site files, images and notes.

As long as you don’t get carried away with lots of big photo, video and music files, 2GB is a lot of space. You can increase the free allocation up to 16GB with referrals.

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