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Naughton Internet Future :06/21/10 08:02
Ocean tragedy :06/18/10 14:44
"He warned that we may soon see "sudden, unexpected changes that have serious ramifications for the overall well-being of humans," including the capacity of the planet to support people. "This is further evidence that we are well on the way to the next great extinction event."

'The "fundamental and comprehensive" changes to marine life identified in the report include rapidly warming and acidifying oceans, changes in water circulation and expansion of dead zones within the ocean depths.

"These are driving major changes in marine ecosystems: less abundant coral reefs, sea grasses and mangroves (important fish nurseries); fewer, smaller fish; a breakdown in food chains; changes in the distribution of marine life; and more frequent diseases and pests among marine organisms."
Language Extinction :06/16/10 08:32
"The 7 billion inhabitants of Earth currently speak about 6000 different languages. That may seem a healthy multitude but it turns out that just five of these languages dominate. More than half the population speak English, Russian, Mandarin, Hindi and Spanish. These together with the next hundred most popular languages account for 95 per cent of speakers. A mere 5 per cent of the global population speak the rest and two thirds of these lingos are in danger of extinction."
LinkedIn Non Compete :06/16/10 08:08
"The lawsuit raises the interesting legal question of whether the mere act of connecting with other professionals on a social networking site constitute a violation of non-compete and non-solicitation contracts, Jackson wrote. "Does the mere existence of a network of professional contacts equal solicitation?" wrote Jackson, who declined to be interviewed for this story citing conflict issues."
Singularity NYT :06/13/10 10:58
"A search for repetitive patterns of behavior and computations of normal distribution curves are a big part of the physical sciences. However, financial markets are not driven by changes in natural forces but by human phenomena, with all their implications for herd behavior, for wide swings in emotion, and for political intervention and uncertainties."
James Galbraith Fraud :06/04/10 17:02
Testimony by James Galbraith to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the failure of economics to include the study of fraud as an operative contributor to financial collapse.

Fraud is a part of the network. By ignoring fraud, the economists don't have a network and so their view is necessarily incomplete.
Agriculture memory :06/04/10 09:35
This article about memory research and foraging sparks the idea of human development from hunter/gatherer to agriculture. In most history books, industrial production is considered a third step in human development. But is it really? In terms of brain functions, I can see a qualitative difference between hunting and planting, but I'm not sure I see a qualitative difference between agricultural tool making and industrial tool making.