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    Reddit allows +1 or -1 votes.

    This results in Reddit being harder to write on, harder to get your opinion out there for others to see, because it cuts through the junk and only the best is most visible. If you want a place where you can ramble on, Facebook/Google and normal Internet forums are for you, but if you want to get an argument settled once and for all, you go to Reddit. Its often unpleasant to be so restricted that only popular things will be allowed, but isnt that what democracy is made of?

    Facebook/Google only allows Like/+1.

    In elections, people often vote against what they dislike by voting for something they dislike less. Does that ever happen in clicking of Like/+1 buttons, since there is no Dislike/-1 button?

    In elections, what if -1 was allowed? If a few million vote FOR and a few million vote AGAINST each candidate, or more likely more vote AGAINST than FOR, then a variety of options would open in who could possibly win. Who should win an election is certainly among those who get more FOR votes than AGAINST votes.

    So why should we be denied the right to vote AGAINST someone when thats exactly what happens, distorting the results?

    I call for a vote to change election processes from the Facebook/Google kind to Reddit kind, and anyone who does not like it can choose to only vote FOR, but dont tell others how to vote.
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015  Permanent link
    Categories: facebook, vote, reddit
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    There are 2 purposes of this writing. It will help people continue organizing on a global scale toward our common goals, and we should keep records of these events as they occur for the history books. The world is about to change in a way most people have difficulty imagining, from a hierarchy based society to decentralized ways to organize it.

    Occupy Wall Street Protesters
    Anonymous
    Zeitgeist Movement
    Open Source Movement
    Libertarians

    These groups recently started working together, and that will accelerate. They are like the first few departments of government of the decentralized new world order, not directly replacing existing governments but gradually (not necessarily slowly) obsoleting them. The combination is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affinity_group  which means we think alike and work toward the same things while many of us don't know about eachother yet.

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    Occupy Wall Street Protesters

    It went too far by blocking the streets, but what they had to say and the fact that many people came together and the ways they interacted were important.

    When they were in public areas where microphones were not allowed, they communicated in a way I've never seen. They took turns standing at the center of a huge group of people, and 2 rings of people around them would repeat what they said. First the person in the center speaks, then the inner ring repeats, then the outer ring repeats what they heard the inner ring say, so regardless of how far away a person was, they could hear. Anyone who wanted to could get in a line to speak at the center. It took 3 times longer to say anything, but it worked where no other communication method was available, and it gave them more time to think about what was said.

    As the Occupy Movement spread past Wall Street and went global, they needed a way to agree on what the whole movement wanted. They formed a temporary government where meetings are called "General Assembly" and they vote on amendments to their list of demands by raising hands and counting. They have leaders but the function of the leaders is to count votes, act as news reporters, and propose major votes like accepting or rejecting lists of demands from other locations.

    The protests which started as chaos of everyone saying what they wanted for themself became a more unified voice made of what the most people agree on. Millions of people watched (on the news and at http://occupystream.com  and other places) as the idea that we could have democracy without permission of governments spread. But to see that part of it, you have to look deeper than what most news broadcasts.

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    Anonymous

    The main idea that defines Anonymous is what makes http://wikipedia.org  work.

    http://www.whatis-theplan.org/t1-what-is-the-plan
    QUOTE: While some may think that being Anonymous requires concealing one's identity, this is simply not the case. Identity matters not to a member of Anonymous. While some who practice online activist acts (hacktivism), certainly desire to keep their true identity secret for security purposes, others whom you will find in this community understand that who they are does not matter so much as what they stand for. In Anonymous there are no leaders, no figure-heads, no designated spokesmen...as each of us are all of these things in our own right. We have taken the initiative to rise to the occasion and stand firm against the oppressive and destructive forces that have laid waste to our world and raped our way of life. END QUOTE.

    Anonymous' quote "We do not forgive. We do not forget." does not mean to them what most people think it means. Its about justice, not revenge. Example: If the Federal Reserve causes unfair laws to be created that indirectly move money from most people to the Federal Reserve, then we should do something about that instead of forgetting it. Its a problem to solve.

    Research has shown that frogs usually sit in a pot of water as the temperature slowly increases from comfortable to boiling, and the frogs die because they can only sense changes in temperature. Similarly, people usually do nothing when their rights are slowly taken away, since they get used to having less rights and a little less than that isn't much difference. Anonymous cares about total amount of rights more than recent changes.

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    Zeitgeist Movement

    http://thezeitgeistmovement.com
    QUOTE: The Movement's principle focus includes the recognition that the majority of the social problems which plague the human species at this time are not the sole result of some institutional corruption, scarcity, a political policy, a flaw of "human nature" or other commonly held assumptions of causality in the activist community. Rather, The Movement recognizes that issues such as poverty, corruption, collapse, homelessness, war, starvation and the like appear to be "Symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure.

    While intermediate Reform steps and temporal Community Support are of interest to The Movement, the defining goal here is the installation of a new socioeconomic model based upon technically responsible Resource Management, Allocation and Distribution through what would be considered The Scientific Method of reasoning problems and finding optimized solutions.

    This "Resource-Based Economic Model” is about taking a direct technical approach to social management as opposed to a Monetary or even Political one. It is about updating the workings of society to the most advanced and proven methods Science has to offer, leaving behind the damaging consequences and limiting inhibitions which are generated by our current system of monetary exchange, profits, corporations and other structural and motivational components. END QUOTE.

    One of their best videos is this version of "Zeitgeist Addendum" which you can watch for free athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EewGMBOB4Gg

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    Open Source Movement

    http://fsf.org/about/what-is-free-software
    QUOTE: Free software is software that gives you the user the freedom to share, study and modify it. We call this free software because the user is free. To use free software is to make a political and ethical choice asserting the right to learn, and share what we learn with others. Free software has become the foundation of a learning society where we share our knowledge in a way that others can build upon and enjoy.

    Currently, many people use proprietary software that denies users these freedoms and benefits. If we make a copy and give it to a friend, if we try to figure out how the program works, if we put a copy on more than one of our own computers in our own home, we could be caught and fined or put in jail. That’s what’s in the fine print of the license agreement you accept when using proprietary software.

    The corporations behind proprietary software will often spy on your activities and restrict you from sharing with others. And because our computers control much of our personal information and daily activities, proprietary software represents an unacceptable danger to a free society. END QUOTE.

    An important example is the peer to peer software Bitcoin, an Internet calculator that only does plus and minus. When they talk about banning Bitcoin, remember that they're really banning basic math. Would we let them censor the plus and minus section of a math book? If not, then why let them censor a computer calculating plus and minus through the Internet and displaying the result on our screens?

    Everyone starts with a number on their screen and can send and receive those numbers to other people like money, except without the regulations that cripple normal money systems. Everyones' number starts as 0, so where do the positive numbers come from? Its done in a fair decentralized way. Its enforced with decentralized encryption that the only way anyone can create bitcoins (these numbers) is that on average a certain number of bitcoins will be created each hour and computers compete to do the most of a specific calculation (called "proof of work" in the design document) and the new bitcoins for that hour are divided among the computers which did that "proof of work". An economy for doing "proof of work" calculations formed, and the free market approximately regulates that the electricity and hardware cost of creating bitcoins equals the value of those bitcoins, and they can be spent again any number of times like cash once the cash is created. The use of that calculation is to strengthen the security of the global Bitcoin network, so all our Bitcoin money is protected.

    If you have alot of money in Bitcoins, you should protect it by only running Bitcoin in Linux installed in a USB memory stick, and backup your wallet.dat file to a few other USB memory sticks. Your money is stored in the peer to peer Bitcoin network, but to spend it you need wallet.dat which you can drop into any Bitcoin data folder. You can get Linux for a USB memory stick free at http://ubuntu.com  which is also Open Source. You'll only need a small 4 gigabyte USB memory stick, but buy high quality since you don't want Linux to crash from repeated reads and writes to the USB stick as operating systems need to do, which is another reason to backup your wallet.dat to multiple USB memory sticks. But if you just want to try Bitcoin with a small amount of money, its ok to do it on Windows. Either way it will work without any unusual setup.

    Now January 2012 there are approximately 8 million bitcoins trading for $6.70 each. The most common way to trade between Bitcoins and Dollars is through your bank account to http://dwolla.com  to http://mtgox.com  to the Bitcoin network, and from there you buy and sell with Bitcoins directly, or trade back to Dollars or other kinds of money. The value fluctuates on an exponential scale and exponentially increases overall. Open Source created this economy out of nothing, without putting in any dollars, but instead devaluing dollars and other centralized kinds of money as that value flowed into bitcoins, something that different money systems have been doing to eachother for hundreds of years.

    Many people want to shut down Bitcoin because its hard for them to control. Some people use Bitcoin with the anonymous Tor network to buy drugs through the mail, but people buy drugs with cash too, and the other part is assisted by government transporting the mailed packages. Open Sourcing money is too big an improvement to the world to let that stand in our way. Hierarchies are not the only way to solve problems.

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    Libertarians

    http://lp.org/platform
    QUOTE: As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

    We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

    Consequently, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power. END QUOTE.

    Libertarianism has expanded to mean many things that are common sense as governments have expanded their claimed power to rediculous levels. Example: USA claims to have the right to arrest anyone and keep them in prison "indefinitely" (meaning up to forever) without charging the person with a crime or a trial. Everyone who believes in the right to a trial and to only be arrested for crimes (instead of government doesn't like you) is now leaning strongly toward Libertarianism.

    Example: Ron Paul ran for president of USA as a Libertarian and now is running as a Republican, but his ideas are still Libertarian. His recent surprising popularity, and even more surprising is that the Republicans are accepting him as one of their own, is a result of the combination of the things in this writing coming together.

    While its not completely a hierarchy, the Federal Reserve is mostly the top of the global money hierarchy, given authority to create money laws by USA with no obligation toward democracy since its a private business. People are taking Ron Paul's plan to audit the Federal Reserve seriously, which would almost certainly lead to its crimes being exposed as it hasn't been audited in many years exactly because if crimes were found it would have to be shut down and its "too big to fail". How about too corrupt to succeed? Bitcoin doesn't need political corruption to succeed. It needs no hierarchies at all.

    This writing is not about specific political parties. Its about ideas that are coming together on a global scale.

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    Its a battle between centralized control and decentralized organization of society, which is fought politically, economically, and sometimes violently. As long as Humans have existed, there have been hierarchies of control: countries, presidents, kings, cities, department of motor vehicles, money systems which you're not allowed to compete with, etc. As technology advanced, organizing society in decentralized ways became possible. The authorities represent centralization of power. The things in this writing are toward decentralization of global power between all 7 billion people equally. The continuing increases in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship  are an attack on the things in this writing, because for us to cooperate we need to communicate. That's why we have the right to free speech.

    Fighting for peace doesn't work. We don't want to fight, but we will defend if necessary. Violence and hate are inefficient ways to change the world.

    "Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." —Sun Tzu

    The Global Decentralization Process has Critical Mass, and the explosion of ideas and global changes can't be stopped by any amount of military or political or corporate power. This is not a time to sit back and enjoy the ride. We the 7 billion people need to learn to work together to stabilize this process before it turns into World War 3 as a conflict between global organization as hierarchies and decentralization. We can get through this by keeping an open mind.




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    Whats really happening overall? Details like disagreements between countries are not important enough for this thread. Politicians and rich people and almost every organization on this planet are each distracted with their own goals. Somebody has to understand the whole system a little, just a summary, not a lot of information but the correct information.

    Every problem looks too hard to solve if you don't understand the summary. Before there were airplanes, people thought building them would be too hard because of how hard it is to flap your arms. Completely unrelated to the actual solution.

    Most people think it will be some huge time (maybe next century) before certain technology is invented or certain global problems are solved. They talk about the history of repeated failure and slow progress. The way those people do things, they would be right, but I have no reason to use the strategies (which I will explain below) of people who expect to fail. They didn't understand the problems, so they didn't find the solutions. They thought there were too many problems to take the time to understand the summary.

    I'll explain a few important patterns I've seen repeated all over the Earth and what they appear to be leading to. Then I'm asking you to fill in the patterns I've not noticed and what they lead to, and most importantly, what all the patterns do together...


    * Money is not a stable system. The economy laws are changed faster than anyone can read them. As http://metacurrency.org  says it, money is a game where you're not allowed to know the rules. What do we do when playing cards and an other player tries to change the rules after we've already put our bet on the table? Certainly not ask for his economic predictions based on the new rules.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_industrial_complex  is a cycle involving laws, propaganda, and money which continuously increases military technology and wars.

    * Most people have really insane priorities, like arriving at work on time and buying junk to put in their house, instead of avoiding their own death and simultaneously extinction of the Human species (which some of them think is less important than their own death, not understanding that extinction kills them too). Just 2 years ago I was asked on a voting paper if I wanted to take away some rights from gays. Is that really what we should be spending time voting on? How about not dying? I hear theres many millions of people dying from extremely simple problems to solve, like not getting bitten by a certain flying insect. How did that get below "Where a man sticks his dick" on the priority list to vote on? The most insane people will never admit they are insane. The average person is dangerously insane, preferring to buy health insurance instead of do things to avoid their own death (and extinction).

    * The most powerful politicians and rich people decide how to change the world in secret. They use excuses like "national security" and "We have too much paperwork and complication in the system to answer that question." What the puppet masters really mean is we haven't made them think they will lose enough money etc if they do not answer our questions.

    * Regardless of what they say, the ACTIONS of most businesses demonstrate that the main reason they avoid damaging the environment and hurting people is to make more money, which includes people thinking good things about them and not getting sued or paying fines. They calculate statistics on how many people their products or actions will directly hurt on average and compare that to the statistics on how many of those things can be proven and the cost of getting sued for it and the reduction in sales that would result if people knew they intentionally sacrificed their customer's safety or the environment etc to make more money. The world would run much more efficiently if we stopped regulating ACTIONS and started regulating the REASONS for those actions. For example, if a business calculates that 1 more person should die on average so they can make X amount more money, then that sounds like premeditated murder to me. We already have a law for that. More about specific numbers for X athttp://spacecollective.org/BenRayfield/6176/Legal-Murder-Charity

    * Intellectual Property is where you can have original ideas and somebody else owns them because they already claimed all possible ways to solve a certain problem which you were trying to solve on your own. Intellectual property does other things too, but they're unimportant things involving making people rich based on the past. I'm interested in the present and the future. The important thing about Intellectual Property is what its becoming: It gets stronger every year, claiming ownership of more things or in more ways. One way to change that ishttp://spacecollective.org/BenRayfield/6489/Copyrights-Cause-More-Piracy-Than-File-Sharing

    * The complexity of the economy and governments and most organizations are increasing exponentially to handle the exponential complexity of the other systems, which will do the same thing as money: destabilize and destroy itself, if it continues as it has been for many years.

    * There are much more than enough computers to simulate a Human brain, and there are machines accurate enough to create any DNA they want. To the scientists surprise, direct access to those things was not followed by understanding them or learning how to use them much. Life is much more complex than they thought, and they still haven't used simple things like a computer mouse to its full potential yet. Those in power are using brain-computer-interfaces for the only thing they know how to do: controlling and standardizing people. Why send a soldier into battle when he can control a robot to kill for him? Why do you need people at all? Let's just learn how brains work then build robots to kill other robots. Brain-computer-interfaces are going to change lots of things, and most people still think its science-fiction... and they'll keep thinking that until its in electronics stores. Maybe brains aren't all that great. Brains didn't help them predict what will be in the electronics stores or avoid the dangers of it.

    * Some technology advances exponentially, while other technology gets more complicated and just a little more advanced slowly. Cell phones are really primitive compared to what they could be, because of Intellectual Property causing "incompatibility wars". Most technology is designed to keep people down and control them, and get them to pay for small reductions in such oppression. There are many laws preventing me from putting up my own cell phone network without any proprietary junk in it. Why is that? It's not hard to build a wireless device with a screen and some buttons and a microphone and a speaker, but building it and making it work on a global scale isn't the hard part. The hard part is getting permission from those in power. Despite the forces against technology advancing, some of it is advancing faster than anyone can keep up with, and its not going to stop. Could this be an other thing that's more important than voting on where people stick their dick? Have you noticed there are automated flying machines and robots that walk? Just don't call it a "terminator" and we'll be ok. It can only hold a gun if programmed to, and http://www.darpa.mil  would never do that. It would be more efficient to build the guns into the body of the robots, leaving their hands free. If you think walking robots are scary, you might not want to look into what I'm building. It's more like Star Trek's Borg Collective but without the medical implants and mind control, just through psychology software. The interaction between money and technology is dangerous and feeds the war machine, which brings me to the next important pattern: Open-source software.

    * Open-source software. Businesses and governments and lots of others use the strategy of building something that costs them almost nothing to operate or duplicate, using the law to prevent anyone else from using that very effective solution, getting you dependent on it, then raising the price and using it to get you dependent on more things, in an endless cycle of exploiting and deceiving people. Many computer programmers had enough of that and formed some strategies together that have now become so strong that it can be debated which of proprietary or open-source software is more advanced. But with so much advertising, its hard for people to find the open-source alternatives. Open-source means you can build more programs with it, that you have the legal and technical ability to do that. Some open-source licenses require that you can only build open-source software with it, which is called a "viral license" (GNU GPL mostly), and that has been the most effective. There are at least 50000 softwares like that, and businesses are finding it harder to compete with people who have much less resources and mostly have the advantage that they decided to work together instead of what businesses normally do. There are open-source-like things too, including text and music and hardware which the creators chose not to patent or enforce Intellectual Property in certain ways. Open-source will continue to get stronger, and there is nothing those in power can do about it.

    * Physics knowledge is increasing quickly. Parallel realities have been detected at the small scale, like in double-slit and half-mirror experiments with lasers, and other experiments with small things. DNA can be built instead of randomly put together. All of this is connected to the exponentially increasing technology. Some researchers like at http://noosphere.princeton.edu  take things seriously that were previously thought of as superstition or paranormal. Just because something is not well understood or has been faked by lots of people does not mean it can not be understood through enough experiments. We're probably closer than most people think to 1 equation that can calculate all of physics and explain what consciousness is and how to create more of it and use it, to build machines that make mass and energy do whatever we want it to do. Physics is about accuracy, not throwing more money and brute-force strategies at it. Don't forget there are already enough nuclear weapons to explode the whole surface of the Earth. What I described isn't that much more advanced.

    * Social networks and other forms of emergent organization are increasing quickly. People are learning to interact in groups in ways never before done in history, resulting in building more advanced things and finding more complex solutions. Voting isn't just for laws anymore. Its for organizing information between people. On average, businesses are becoming less hierarchy and more peer-to-peer, a little. Most people know voting in elections has little effect, but they make things happen through these new organizations made possible through phones and the internet etc. This will continue to increase and have few bad effects, but those in power will eventually see that its incompatible with them staying in power and will resist indirectly and secretly. For example, they may resist by claiming Intellectual Property ownership of new kinds of communication or ways of organizing people, or make laws saying the only way to do it is through their systems. Social networks and emergent ways of organizing people are more powerful than those who appear to have power now.


    Overall I expect the Human species will either destroy itself in World War 3 OR learn to increase their own intelligence and learn to think with computers and each other more as 1 mind. I expect we'll be mass-producing faster than light starships around the year 2040, if we're not dead. But first we need to understand the SUMMARY of whats happening on Earth so we can choose efficient strategies. If I didn't think it could be done, I wouldn't waste my time trying. I play to win.

    Please reply with the summary of whats really happening on Earth, only the most important patterns, where they lead, and what we might do about it. Too many people get stuck on the details.
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