Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bidding on the wall

There's a report on Facebook that Granite Rock Construction, based in Watsonville, CA, is bidding on the anti-immigration wall that has been proposed. Please don't. We hope Santa Cruz will have sanctuary cities and a sanctuary county, in deed even if not in law. Immigrant labor is essential to agriculture which a bedrock of this community's economy, as it is to the construction industry, your industry. Granite has a good reputation; ethics are featured on your home page. Just say no; don't bid.   

Street feeding

Public spaces are public places. Displacing those who are less entitled and restricting access for some to public places enables the haves while the have-nots stay lonely and go hungry

About enshrining values in law

Utilitarian cost-benefit analyses bend and stretch ethics until they obscure the values of our community, elide our relationships with each other, and dissolve the social bonds on which concepts of state and governance are built.

Yes, you are responsible for fiscal stability. And you also must set an ethical, honorable dignified example that reflects the deeply held social values of we who have elected you ...honesty, caring, family, service, fairness, ...

Because this is not really about illegality and crime and lack of documents. It is about equity and goodness and doing what in all our hearts we know is right.

I resist fiscal threats used to bully obedience.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Equity

Inequality has been written into the DNA of civilization ever since humans first settled down to farm the land. Throughout history, only massive, violent shocks that upended the established order proved powerful enough to flatten disparities in income and wealth. They appeared in four different guises: mass-mobilization warfare, violent and transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic epidemics.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/02/scheidel-great-leveler-inequality-violence/517164/

I note that of these four, if warfare becomes nuclear warfare, the rest doesn't matter, and if not, it won't create a global shock; revolutions have been and will be quickly suppressed -- tech monitoring, armored tanks, ... ; medicine is stopping epidemics before they are catastrophic, and maybe we are now experiencing US state collapse. 

My bet is on a plague or a global climate event.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hyperbolic space

Underwater self-organizing is hyperbolic.

When water hits air, ocean wave interval patterns are a Fibonacci series.

Some land self-organizing follows Fibonacci patterns (sunflower). Some land self-organizing is fractal.


Might there be a parallel in physics where the quantum rules differ from the every day rules. Underwater evolving is hyperbolic; land evolving is fractal and Fibonaccial.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Call 911

Call 911

 Be afraid.
      So you will turn to me
     To PD
Be afraid.
     So that you forget your own strength
     So that you forget how to create agreements
     So that you lose discernment
     So that you become helpless without me PD Be afraid
     So as not to have any other feelings
Be afraid.
     So that I replace you.
Be afraid
     So that I grow strong, have tanks and armor and become many
Be afraid.
     Be weak.

Call 911

Saturday, June 25, 2016

On diagnosing mental illness

It used to be that diagnosing illness was the responsibility of medical professionals. But now anyone can call public difference illness and delegate quick removal to conformity enforcement services. Now we have a more bland mix in our melting pot.