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September 20, 2013 — reviews of america 3.0, book, bennett, lotus
May 23, 2013 — america 3.0, jim (james c.) bennett, mike (michael j.) lotus, book

A copy of America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st CenturyWhy America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come •••, by James C. Bennett & Michael J. Lotus has arrived at Explorers Foundation in Denver, Colorado. Congratulations to Jim Bennett, Mike Lotus, Roger Kimball, and the staff of Encounter Books. And thank to Glenn Harlan Reynolds for the “Introduction,” and to Michael Barone, Jonah Goldberg, and John O’Sullivan for excellent comments for the back cover of the book.
 
Future’s so bright we have to wear shades,” a column on America 3.0 by Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USATODAY - May 20, 2013
 
Glenn Harlan Reynolds is professor of law at the University of Tennessee. He blogs at InstaPundit.com.
 
May 18, 2013 — america 3.0, jim (james c.) bennett, mike (michael j.) lotus, book release 28 May 13

On May 28, 2013 Encounter Books, New York, will release America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st CenturyWhy America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come, by James C. Bennett & Michael J. Lotus. Explorers Foundation has been a major investor in the writing of this book.
 
America 3.0 ••• (the authors’ site)
On Amazon ••• (hardback & kindle)
 
December 4, 2012 — benjamin tucker, wendy mcelroy, book, philosophical individualist anarchism

Wendy McElroy: has written an introduction to Benjamin Tucker’s Instead of a Book, by a Man Too Busy To Write One: A Fragmentary Exposition of Philosophical Anarchism that comprehensively sketches the framework of Liberty and its publisher, providing invaluable context for both. The Kindle edition ••• (Amazon) is only $4.99.
 
McElroy interviews ••• Jim Bourque Starr, a chiropractor driven by opponents, using government as their weapon, from the U.S. to Mexico. Pertinent to a new and rapidly growing class of “stateless persons.” See The Stateless Man: Liberty Beyond Borders •••, a website by Fergus Hodgson. The world is now full of wandering persons seeking refuge from ever more hapless and predatory governments. But, for encouragement see the item for Dec 2, below. The U.S., the Anglosphere, and it’s allies have a chance to become a lifeboat for the world. -ls
 
December 2, 2012 — book, james c. bennett, michael j. lotus, america 3.0: why our best days are ahead

James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus have completed their book America 3.0 and submitted the manuscript to their publisher, Encounter Books on Friday, November 30, 2012. Explorers Foundation has provided financial support for the writing of this book. We would like to extend special thanks to Ed Warner and Patricia Wagner.
 
October 29, 2012 — venkatesh rao: waste, scarcity, sustainability, cost … mises: praxeology, economics

Venkat; Mises: Venkatesh Rao’s essay on “Waste, Creativity and Godwin’s Corollary for Technology •••,” shows me why Ludwig von Mises, in Human Action •••, so carefully laid the definitional foundations for discussing problems of waste, scarcity, and sustainability. -ls
 
October 28, 2012 — against crony capitalism; for capitalism
October 25, 2012 — first computer mouse, doug englebart, video demonstration, stanford research institute

Douglas C. Engelbart: demonstrates word processing and the use of the world’s first computer mouse ••• (Stanford University)
 
October 21, 2012 — anglosphere toolkit, 1000 years of cultural evolution packaged for quick reuse

James C. Bennett: “What the USA did was to take the patterns and toolkit the British used to create their society, and to simplify, universalize, and generalize it until it became a versatile template that could quickly convert expanses of raw land into new, functioning self-governing communities without a thousand years of cultural evolution, and a concept of citizenship that could take European peasant communities who had been dumbly following orders for a thousand years, and turn them within a generation into citizens, jurors, legislators, militiamen and volunteers, vestrymen and congregation-members, entrepreneurs, and self-actualized persons -- the whole Anglosphere toolkit -- all in a deliberate manner that the British never thought they would need, but now might do well to look at.

“Americans have in many ways been congratulating themselves for the wrong things. The truths of the Declaration were hardly novel or shocking to the Englishmen who read them; rather, they saw them as a Whig five-finger exercise that had been boilerplate since 1688. What was shocking was that the Americans were throwing their own ideals back in their face.”

James C. Bennett, July 8, 2006, at http://anglosphere.com/weblog/archives/2006_07.html
See also ef glyph 525
 
October 6, 2012 — fernandez, storming the castle, how to challenge elites

Richard Fernandez: Storming the Castle, by Fernandez, “… is a pamphlet describing how gradually yet irresistibly, Washington became dominated by a party of incumbents. Whether they are Democrat or Republican, politicians have now become a permanent class in the capital, existing along with a giant bureaucracy, operating the government for their own sake. Unless that is changed, they will simply continue increasing until they bankrupt the country.” ••• (more by Fernandez, at his blog, Belmont Club) — Fernandez blog is consistently brilliant, and always points toward greater liberty for everyone. -ls
 
October 3, 2012 — panera cares®, community cafes, distributed voluntary compassion, uplift, experiment

Panera Cares®: “What do we do at Panera Cares® community cafes? We feed people. We uplift. We restore dignity. We make you feel welcome. We fill bellies AND self-esteem. We care.”
 
“Why do we do this? Because we believe that everyone deserves a dignified dining experience in an uplifting environment regardless of their means. It’s as simple as that. This is our way of sharing in the responsibility and making a difference in the world we all share.”
 
October 2, 2012 — emergent by design, venessa miemis

Venessa Miemis: “I feel that we are a global society in transition. Many of our traditional institutions are failing or just broken. The narrative is broken. The idea of ‘us verse them’ doesn’t work when the realization is made that we are all co-existing in an interdependent set of systems. We are now in the process of telling a new story about how civilization can function in a way that incorporates sustainable practices and leads to resilient and thrivable societies.” -from http://emergentbydesign.com/about/ [thanks to Mark Frazier, Openworld, for this connection]
 
October 1, 2012 — peter thief, blue seed, offshore location for startups, san francisco

Peter Thiel, Blueseed is a project to station a ship 12 nautical miles from the coast of San Francisco, in international waters. The location will allow startup entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world to start or grow their company near Silicon Valley, without the need for a US work visa. The ship will be converted into a coworking and co-living space, and will have high-speed Internet access and daily transportation to the mainland via ferry boat. So far, almost 1000 entrepreneurs from 60+ countries expressed interest in living on the ship. The project is backed by PayPal founder and Facebook early investor Peter Thiel.
 
September 30, 2012 — david foster, chicagoboyz, ibn khaldun, economics, history, islam, 1377, rose wilder lane, mongols, ottomans

Ibn Khaldun: “It should be known that at the beginning of a dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.” Khaldun wrote this in the late 14th century. A long quotation and an interesting discussion will be found on ChicagoBoyz.net: “Economic Policy Advice from 1377” (post by David Foster)
 
September 29, 2012 — lean government, practical learning, steve elliott, boulder county, colorado, kaizen

Steve Elliott’s October 2012 class on Lean Government, Longmont Colorado

I’m presenting a week-long class on Lean Government the week of October 15th in Longmont, Colorado. I’ve got 11 folks from Boulder County signed up, but the room will hold 20, so I’m opening it up to all and sundry. No charge, free lunch. Please feel free to spread the word and contact me for more information/syllabus, etc. selliott@bouldercounty.org

Graduates of this class will be able to organize and lead groups of employees through Kaizen (change for the better) events that take apart any process, analyze where the waste is, remove the waste and put it back together again. In Boulder County we were able to reduce the time to generate a Certificate of Taxes Due (one of the papers you sign when you buy or sell a house) from 72 hours to 4. The Land Use department reduced the time it took to issue a building permit in the mountains from 9 weeks to 3. All done with the current staff using the techniques this class will teach.

efVortex SLIM : Society of Lean Implementation Malcontents, guided by Steve Elliott
 
September 23, 2012 — honduras, free zone project, michael strong
September 22, 2012 — education, entrepreneurial disruption, massive open online courses

Zachary Caceres: “’A classroom of thousands’: Disrupting entrepreneurial education with Massive Open Online Courses” ••• — Radical Social Entrepreneurs ••
 
September 21, 2012 — honduras free zone, michael strong, treaties, police, free zone faq

Michael Strong, Honduras, Free Zones: 1) International Treaties; 2) Police Force
From the FAQ at http://www.grupomgk.com/english/faq.html
Can the SDRs negotiate their own international treaties and agreements?
The SDR’s can sign international treaties and agreements on issues related to trade and cooperation on matters within its competence, provided that they are approved by the National Congress.The SDR’s may execute agreements with national or international intelligence service agencies to combat organized crime.“ - Article 7 of the Constitutional Statute Of The Special Development Regions (SDR’s)
Will the SDR’s police force be truly independent from the rest of the Honduras?
“The SDR’s have to establish their own police force and are authorized to perform the said function on their own or through proxy. Therefore, for this purpose, the SDR’s may enter into cooperative agreements with other countries or regions.” - Article 8 of the Constitutional Statute Of The Special Development Regions (SDR’s)

September 16, 2012 — john bright, england 1836, trevelyan, biographer, dangers of formal education

John Bright: With Richard Cobden, in 1840s England, John Bright achieved the seemingly impossible: the repeal of the Corn Laws, which obstructed, through tariffs, the importation of grain into the country.

Bright’s biographer, G. M. Trevelyan, writing of Bright’s education, quotes him on his short formal education, at Newton school: “I left Newton on 16 February 1827, and at the age of 15 years and 3 months my school education terminated. I came home and soon began to be employed in my father’s mill, and to take an interest in the business. I had learned some Latin and a little French, … then taught in such schools as I had been placed in. Reading, writing, arithmetic, grammar and geography—no mathematics and no science.”

Trevelyan comments: “A scanty stock! But as we shall see, his real education in literature, history, economics, and politics, was about to begin with himself as master. The schools of his sect had done well for him, for they had preserved the influences of his home. His boyhood had been passed in the atmosphere of the Society of Friends, that intangible but pervading spirit which instills rather than teaches the doctrine of the equality and brotherhood of men and women, of rich and poor; the nothingness of worldly distinctions; and the supreme duty of humane conduct. He had not, like so many pupils of more fashionable places of education, unlearned the lessons of his home, and of his own nature—the independence of opinion, the quick response to the whisper of conscience, the aspirations after a higher life. He may have suffered more than he learnt from some of his masters, but at least he had not been taught, like most young Englishman, to quail before the public opinion of his school fellows, or to put on the air of being ashamed of the things of the mind and heart. Like Wordsworth, he emerged from the simple old country schools not molded down to the pattern of gentility or of the bourgeoisie, and he had therefore still the chance of growing into a great man.” —The Life of John Bright, Trevelyan, Houghton Mifflin, 1914, pg. 13-14. My italics. Who was Trevelyan that he would notice such a thing? -ls
 
September 15, 2012 — stephen miller, rising tide capital, alfa demmellash

Alfa Demmellash: Stephen Miller, “If you can’t find work you have to create work.” Video of Stephen Miller explaining his new furniture business and how Rising Tide Capital has helped him.
 
Jim Bennett: is on the board of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing.
 
September 14, 2012 — free zones, cities, ports, honduras, michael strong

vortex Openworld: Added links to articles on new free zones in Honduras
 
September 13, 2012 — free cities, zones, ports, alvin rabushka, cato institute, 1989

Alvin Rabushka: “A Free-Market Constitution for Hong Kong: A Blueprint for China •••,” CATO Institute, 1989

September 12, 2012 — music, great american techno festival, tim sullard, pat wagner

Tim Sullard is a principal organizer of the Great American Techno Festival 2012, from September 13 through 16, in Denver. The Program. And here’s an introduction to Techno music, by Pat Wagner, “A preview of the cutting edge from someone who has never been cool” •••
 
Gerhardt Zimmerman has plans to conduct a performance of the last movement of Mahler’s 6th at next year’s Breckenridge Music Festival [Mahler not yet announced here]
“The sound of the hammer, which features in the last movement, was stipulated by Mahler to be ‘brief and mighty, but dull in resonance and with a non-metallic character’. The sound achieved in the premiere did not quite carry far enough from the stage, and indeed the problem of achieving the proper volume while still remaining dull in resonance remains a challenge to the modern orchestra. Various methods of producing the sound have involved a wooden mallet striking a wooden surface, a sledgehammer striking a wooden box, or a particularly large bass drum, or sometimes simultaneous use of more than one of these methods.” -Wikipedia, at •••

Vic Sarjoo’s Sir Groovy provides a new and efficient method to find and license music for advertising campaigns, films, tv, and electronic games.
 
September 4, 2012 — seychelles, lucy, baie lazare public library opens

Lucy Hickerson-Luc reports opening of the Baie Lazare Public Library, Seychelles. “Baie Lazare is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. It is named after the explorer Lazare Picault.” •• -wikipedia
 
September 2, 2012 — john roberts, novel, “turtle eyes”, imagination, discovery, ecology, desert

John Roberts: John’s book is described at Amazon: “When Hally, a funny and precocious six-year-old girl, and her photographer dad go out on assignment to photograph the paintings of gifted wildlife artist Jake Bandanna, they think they see him momentarily turn into a turtle. Was it real or a trick of light? Is he just an eccentric or a medicine man? Astonished and skeptical, but honestly intrigued, the family gets drawn into an unexpected quest. Jake Bandanna is helping a wildlife agency with a project for endangered desert tortoises. This soon reveals a conflict between freedom for some and captivity for others and spurs a gauntlet of accelerating tensions that exposes them all to the mysteries of the imagination and the natural world.” ••• (more about the book, at Amazon)
 
September 1, 2012 — jon barron, medical, health, liberty, regulation, nutrition

Jon Barron: Introducing his current Baseline Nutritionals newsletter, Jon writes: “In this month’s newsletter, we are going to cover some of the most controversial herbs found in nature. They are not controversial because there is a debate on if they work or not; they are controversial because many governments have tried to ban these ingredients repeatedly. Even now you will find most of the herbs we are going to cover on the FDA cautionary list and virtually all of them on the Canadian list.”
 
August 31, 2012 — baking, food, lindsey ragsdale, “when life needs a little sweetness”

Lindsey Ragsdale: is starting a new business, “from scratch, llc.,” in Denver, to provide custom baked goods for any occasion. Here’s a gallery of photographs of her work •••
 
August 30, 2012 — pyotr patrushev, translator, author, book in progress: the transcendent ape

Pyotr Patrushev: Professional Interpreter and Translator since the 1970’s. Member of AIIC (Geneva) and NAATI (Australia). Interpreted for Russian and Australian Heads of State (Putin, Howard), Prime Ministers, Members of the Cabinet. Assignments for the CNN, American Broadcasting Corporation, ABC TV and Radio (Australia). Interpreted at over 200 international conferences, UN agencies, World Bank, etc. Translation, voice over and subtitling for TV and film industry. Corporate, private and business clients from around the world. Olympic and Asian games, starting with Munich in 1972. I have recently published two books: a satire on how the Cold War ended when vodka was tinted with a psychedelic mushroom in the USSR; and a memoir about my swim out of Russia to Turkey in 1962 (for which I got sentenced to death on charges of “high treason” and put on the KGB’s wanted list for 27 years). I am in the process of updating another book, “The Transcendent Ape”, a lighthearted look at “intelligent design”, evolution and religion. -Pyotr, Linkedin
 
August 28, 2012 — music, lvb, andras schiff, strength & hope arising ...

Louie from the beet field: tells us what it is like to find strength and hope in the depths of misery. Andras Schiff: explains how he does it, illustrating on piano, in his lecture on Louie’s sonata No 31 in A flat major, opus 110 ••• (if you are short on time, start at 19:40 into the recording of the lecture)
 
August 27, 2012 — frank chodorov, rise and fall of society, ebook from laissez faire books

Laissez Faire Books •••:: Frank Chodorov’s The Rise and Fall of Society •••, first published in 1959 — “Chodorov had the benefit of watching the whole of the 1930s and 1940s and the postwar period, and he could see with even greater clarity how the state operates in different times and places. He poured his heart and soul into the book, yet he knew that the book would matter only after his death. Even the dedication suggests this: He signs it to his granddaughter, who he suggests will have ‘good, clean fun — trying to reconstruct a long-lost pattern of thought.’”
 
Frank Chodorov introduced me to Human Action •••, by Ludwig von Mises. -ls
 
August 26, 2012 — michael j. lotus, cobden-bright award, america 3.0, anglosphere scholar

Michael J. Lotus: Has received a Cobden-Bright Award from Explorers Foundation for his work on the concept of the Anglosphere, and particularly for his work on America 3.0, authored in collaboration with James C. Bennett, forthcoming from Encounter Books, New York. Lotus blogs on chicagoboyz.net (Lotus is Lexington Green). Michael has made important contributions to the growing network of anglosphere scholars and entrepreneurs. Explorers Foundation is interested in the anglosphere as one source of concepts and practices of use to explorers of every origin.
 
August 23, 2012 — patrick cox, regenerative medicine, breakthrough technology, new heart cells

Patrick Cox: “As far as we can determine, I’m the first person in history to see his own heart cells, cardiomyocytes, derived from cells [Patrick’s own skin cells -ls] converted to age-zero iPS cells, beating outside of the body.” -in “Breakthrough Technology Alert”, Patrick’s newsletter, published by Agora Financial.
 
August 21, 2012 — mike adams, questioning government

Mike Adams: “In wake of Giffords shooting, the mere act of questioning the government now being demonized” ••• (article at Natural News)
 
Leif Smith: If we want peace we must be prepared to pay a very high price: we must be prepared to leave other people free to make their own decisions about what’s best for them and for those they care about. Following this principle, government management of health care or education would become impossible. Some would regard allowing people such freedom as a price too high to pay. Consequently, they will get the government management they seek, but they will not get peace.
 
August 18, 2012 — charles m. schwab, biography, american industrial history, robert hessen, ayn rand

Robert Hessen: Charles M. Schwab began as a laborer, from an ordinary family, with no educational preparation for business or technology, but in six months was acting chief engineer for the largest steel mill in America. A fascinating book, Charles M. Schwab, Robert Hessen, Oxford University Press, 1975. Schwab and his story is the kind of thing Ayn Rand wanted us to understand and value. -ls
 
August 10, 2012 — gary hoover, courses in business, austin, texas

Gary Hoover: Austin, Texas, “The Art of Enterprise” - a course in entrepreneurial thinking (11 weekly sessions); and “Understanding Companies” - how to become an expert in any company or industry (4 weekly sessions). Course descriptions. Gary is the founder of Hoover’s (a D&B company), a premiere source of business information. Highly recommended. -ls. Gary has decided to do another startup, so these courses may not be offered again. Hoover’s World - a rich source for explorers. -ls
 
August 9, 2012 — stompy, rideable spider

Kickstarter:: Stompy: The Giant, Rideable Walking Robot —Why would you not want to see a giant robot rideable spider get built? of course you would.
 
August 8, 2012 — sand county foundation

Sand County Foundation:: “Wisconsin’s Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel, neighboring landowners, and Representatives from Sand County Foundation, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, and others toured Koepke Farms near Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on June 30. The Koepkes are the 2011 recipient of the Leopold Conservation Award in Wisconsin. The tour included a walk-through of the Koepkes’ dairy facility and their crop fields where the family highlighted the benefits of 20+ years of no-till crop management.” Read more …
 
July 21, 2012 — frédéric bastiat, seen and unseen, economics

The Seen and the Unseen

“In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not seen; we are fortunate if we foresee them.

”There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen.

“Yet this difference is tremendous; for it almost always happens that when the immediate consequence is favorable, the later consequences are disastrous, and vice versa. Whence it follows that the bad economist pursues a small present good that will be followed by a great evil to come, while the good economist pursues a great good to come, at the risk of a small present evil.”

-from an essay by Frédéric Bastiat in 1850, “That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Unseen [thanks to Ludwig von Mises Institute]
 
July 17, 2012 — ships, ss united states, history & restoration, real estate development opportunity

SS United States, history and current plans for restoration ••• — “After the loud and fantastic claims made in advance for the liner United States, it comes as something of a disappointment to find them all true.” -Punch Magazine, 1952. [thanks to Mary Villalba, board member, SS United States Conservancy]
 
July 15, 2012 — health market, medicine, entrepreneurship, cost, innovation, open space, john c. goodman

“It is almost impossible for an entrepreneur to flourish in an environment that fundamentally dislikes entrepreneurship. Fortunately for the innovators, however, patients are paying for more healthcare bills out of their own pockets. And wherever we find health markets dominated by patients paying for care directly, entrepreneurship is thriving.” ... “In the international market for medical tourism, we are discovering that almost every type of elective surgery can be subjected to the discipline of the marketplace; that discipline is increasingly evident within our borders in the emerging market for domestic medical tourism, where patients willing to travel to other cities can find cheaper, higher-quality care.” ... “... new products and new services have cropped up to meet the needs of patients spending their own money. There are products and services that were made possible precisely because the third-party-payer bureaucracies were not standing in the way. If the private sector is left free to continue with such innovations, there is much more to come.” —from the introduction to Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis •••, by John C. Goodman, published by The Independent Institute •••
 
July 14, 2012 — peter saint-andré, translation, epicurus, greek philosophy, monadnock press

Peter Saint-André has finished the first draft of a book on Epicurus •••
 
July 13, 2012 — science fiction, seventeeth century, margaret cavendish

The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World, by Margaret Cavendish •••, Duchess of Newcastle (1624?-1674), London: Printed by A. Maxwell, 1668 •••
 
July 4, 2012 — emma goldman, murray n. rothbard, andrew carnegie

A contest in creative imagination, proposed by Explorers Foundation

Topic: What would Emma Goldman have done with the work of Murray N. Rothbard?
Contestants must demonstrate deep familiarity with the works of Goldman and Rothbard.
Especially sought are transcripts of discussions between Goldman and Rothbard.
If a third party should be added to a discussion we recommend Andrew Carnegie.
 
Leif Smith to Jim Bennett: ‘Goldman’s “My Disillusionment in Russia,” and the subsequent volume, “My Further Disillusionment in Russia,” are illuminating. As is Alexander Berkman’s “The Bolshevik Myth”. Goldman and Berkman were given their own train by the Bolsheviks and for a time were imagined to be sterling messengers to the west. Didn’t turn out quite that way. Goldman’s book is in two volumes because the printer accidentally left the second half of the book on the floor and forgot to print it.’
 
Jim Bennett to Leif Smith: “My assessment is, that in fifty or a hundred years, Goldman will be known primarily for those books.  The crimes of the twentieth century, and the placid acquiescence to them in so much of polite liberal society will be the focus of morbid attention for centuries to come.  Much attention will be paid the the relative handful that swam against that current.  Goldman’s quaint social theories and the events in her life leading up to Russia will mostly be treated as autobiographical color.”

July 3, 2012 — windward, arts, crafts, science, spirituality, village scale stable community

Windward, The Village Helix, June 29 - July 8

The Village Helix is a gathering of people who are interested in the arts and crafts, science and spirituality that lie at the center of the challenge to recreate sustainable community at the village scale. We come together to learn, to teach, to share and to support each other in the quest to master old skills and new ways.

Hosted by the Windward Education and Research Center, the gathering happens each year in the Windward Center’s campground which lies north of the Columbia River, east of Portland, Oregon, and near the Klickitat River.

The event site is a mixed-conifer forest where wetland Douglas firs compete with dryland Ponderosa pines and ancient Garry oaks bear witness to the endless dance.

We come together because creating a critical mass of sustainable skills requires a broad community of arts and crafts. And so we join together to learn almost-forgotten skills and newly-learned ways that we can take back to our home communities to help our neighbors and ourselves weather the coming storms of change.

If you want to camp-out (with a contained play area set up for little ones so you can relax), eat good food, learn, and experience Windward’s approach to sustainable community, we invite you to contact us about the Village Helix. •••

July 2, 2012 — reforest, trees, climate, community, recovering forests

WeForest ••• is an international organization dedicated to sustainable reforestation. Our main objective is to participate in countering global warming and promote the international movement to recover part of the forests which have disappeared.
 
Openworld Café ••• — I love the word, “openworld,” introduced to me by Mark Frazier. WeForest was found on this site. EF’s vortex Openworld •••. As far as I know there is no connection between Openworld Café and Marl Frazier’s Openworld •••. But, probably, there should be one. -ls
 
July 1, 2012 — anglosphere, britishness, ethnic minorities in britain, minaret of freedom, islam & liberty

“Ethnic minorities identify more closely with the idea of ‘Britishness’ than their white counterparts, new research has revealed, contradicting the perception that immigrants do not integrate into British society.” ••• (albawaba) — found through a link at Minaret of Freedom ••• (Islam & Liberty)
 
June 30, 2012 — openworld, inspirational concept, howard rheingold, 2006 (and still timely)

Howard Rheingold’s 2006 presentation on his conception of OpenWorld ••• — good things here. -ls
 
June 26, 2012 — irshad manji, ijtihad, moral courage; money, rothbard vs. federal reserve

Book banned: Malay edition of Irshad Manji’s Allah, Liberty & Love ••• — Irshad calls her work “The Moral Courage Project.” People are being imprisoned for distributing her book. Moral courage must be dangerous. -ls
 
The Case Against the Fed, by Murray N. Rothbard. An excellent introduction to the economics of money and banking. A worthwhile book, agree or not. -ls

“The most powerful case against the American central bank ever written. This work begins with a mini-treatment of money and banking theory, and then plunges right in with the real history of the Federal Reserve System. Rothbard covers the struggle between competing elites and how they converged with the Fed.

Rothbard calls for the abolition of the central bank and a restoration of the gold standard. His popular treatment incorporates the best and most up-to-date scholarship on the Fed’s origins and effects.”

A free pdf of the entire book ••• (thanks to Ludwig von Mises Institute)
 
June 25, 2012 — jonathan hoenig, capitalist pig

“… the scary realization everybody needs to understand. When the economy isn’t free, neither are you.”
-Jonathan Hoenig, managing member at Capitalistpig Asset Management LLC •••
 
June 24, 2012 — meritocracy, elites, smashing credentialism, chris hayes, conor friedersdorf, jim bennett

Conor Friedersdorf, reviews a new book by Chris Hayes, Twilight of THE ELITES. “The Cult of Smartness: How Meritocracy is Failing America” ••• (the review).  Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs.  Jim Bennett comments, “Interesting.  At least some of his proposals have merit.  In general, what is needed is to smash credentialism and create as many possible alternative routes to higher income and status, using as many different metrics as possible. The fewer chokepoints to advancement, the fewer opportunities for the elites to pull up the ladders.”
 
Let’s develop a culture optimized to generate competitive elites and fierce honest critics of all elites. -ls
 
June 23, 2012 — iran, persia, dariush homayoun

Dariush Homayoun (1928-2011), Iran: Jim Bennett, author of The Anglosphere Challenge, comments that Homayoun was an interesting thinker. Anyone Jim thinks is interesting I try to learn more about. Explorers Foundation is providing financial backing for the writing of Bennett’s (and Michael Lotus’) next book, America 3.0. -ls

“We have had the past twenty-five years to study and learn the lessons of our own and other countries’ mistakes. Following the removal of this regime we will experience an explosion of national energy that all problems notwithstanding, would once again see our nation in the forefront of emerging economies. The American power has solved almost all our geo-strategic problems -- Russia’s two hundred years of southward expansionism at our expense, the 22 hundred years of insecure western border in Mesopotamia, and Taliban sitting in Afghanistan.” -Homayoun
 
“Now instead of perpetual threat, all we have is opportunity; to resume our historic role as a cultural and economic magnet in a vast area comprising western and Central Asia; alleviating its needs for industrial and cultural products. This is where we belong, can contribute, and make a difference to the better for everybody. The Americans, by destroying the ”Evil Empire“, gave Iran a singular chance, but we were in our worst position to take it. If it only had occurred under the Pahlavi regime! Even under the infamous Qajars, Iranians would at least have been allowed as private citizens to go in their hundreds of thousands and establish ancient ties to the mutual benefit of us all.” -Homayoun
 
Interview with Dariush Homayoun •••, by Reza Beyegan, published in 2003

June 18, 2012 — gold, banking, capital, reserves, margaret olsen on gold & capital requirements, investment

A Simple Explanation Of Capital Adequacy Ratios And How They Impact The Gold Market, by Margaret Olsen, precious metals & sports memorabilia appraiser and advisor

Margaret Olsen, email: Margaret@4preciousmetals.com , website: www.4preciousmetals.com — new clients by referral only, so please mention Explorers Foundation.
 
The big story in the gold market today is a change in banking capital adequacy ratios that would give banks greater regulatory incentive to hold gold. This article from Ross Norman explains the story in greater detail.

Here's my simple interpretation on what's going on and what it means for the price of gold:

1. The Basel Committee for Bank Supervision - also known as the BCBS - is a monetary authority that helps to shape the rules for how banks operate. Specifically, banks profit by making loans; accordingly, organizations like BCBS help ensure banks have assets needed to make loans.

2. BCBS is considering giving banks a higher score for holding gold. If BCBS implements such rules, banks will want to hold gold to meet BCBS the required capital adequacy ratio - in other words, to meet regulatory requirements regarding liquid assets banks must hold.

3. If BCBS does decide to create a policy whereby banks are regarded as more stable for holding gold, it is unclear on the specifics on when the rules would kick in. Ross Norman cites a period between 2013 and 2018, perhaps scaling in along the way.

4. If the rules do kick in, this will create significant demand for gold. Basically, banks everywhere will have incentive to buy gold - and potentially lots of it, depending on how the rules are structured.

5. Most importantly, a BCBS ruling that equates gold with capital adequacy brings us one very large step closer to gold being officially re-monetized; it is, in a way, like a gold standard. This is what I regard as one of the most bullish factors possible for gold; the closer it gets to being formally recognized by prevailing monetary authorities, the higher the gold price will go. That gold has gone past $1,500 without any formal recognition speaks volumes; the real price move hasn't even begun. If we can get formal recognition from BCBS or someone else that has the power to influence the global banking system, I think a five-digit gold price comes much closer to reality.

The one caveat is that I consider it somewhat possible that the influence of the BCBS will decline significantly in the years to come. As the global sovereign debt crisis gets resolved, the end result could be a transfer of power to supranational institutions like the World Bank and BCBS - or it could mean a collapse of all these big institutions and the rise of non-state networks like Hezbollah and Anonymous. If we see the latter, we will need the monetary authorities that emerge out of those groups to respect gold.

For the time being, though, a transfer of power to supranational institutions seems more likely (unfortunate as that may be to those who equate liberty with local governance). And so, a BCBS policy equating gold with capital adequacy is thus very significant.

For those looking to play this opportunity, buying gold ETFs like (GLD) and (PHYS) are options - although I favor owning the bullion via vault storage services and through taking physical delivery of the metal. Remember the timeline, though; investors should expect to wait a few years, perhaps as much as six more. Hold until price goes parabolic, and when there are sharp retracements like what we are currently seeing, use that as a buying opportunity. If BCBS equates gold with capital adequacy, you'll be quite glad you did so.

June 17, 2012 — writing, creative imagination, charles morgan, george moore, daily exercise of craft

Charles Morgan, in an essay on Creative Imagination: “How, then, should an artist live and work?  George Moore wrote, in a letter to a very young girl who was experimenting in his own art, the following words”:

If you go out and amuse yourself when you can’t write, your art will waste into nothingness.  An artist’s life is in this like in acrobat’s, he must exercise his craft daily, when inspiration is by him and when it is afar.  He must not wait for inspiration, he must continue to call it down to him always, and at last he will answer him. . . .  If you would hear the Muse, you must prepare silent hours for her and not be disappointed if she breaks the appointment you have made with her.  To receive the Muse as it is her due to be received you must have an apartment.  You must dine in and alone very often.

Reflections in a Mirror (second series), by Charles Morgan, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1947

June 16, 2012 — jane jacobs, economy of cities, unexpected new work from old, unobstructed emergence

“… in economies where people doing lowly work are not hampered from adding new work to old, we may expect that just such lowly occupations as janitorial work will be the footholds from which complex, prosperous, and economically important new industries develop.” -Jane Jacobs, The Economy of Cities, pg. 113, Vintage paperback edition.
 
June 15, 2012 — f. a. hayek, jeffrey tucker, sao paulo, comprehension of insuperable complexity

Hayekian Moments in Life ••• — Jeffrey Tucker, observing Sao Paulo from a height, again comprehends the significance of a statement of F. A. Hayek’s about planning: “This is not a dispute about whether planning is to be done or not. It is a dispute as to whether planning is to be done centrally, by one authority for the whole economic system, or is to be divided among many individuals.”
 
June 13, 2012 — law, home as castle, police, oath keepers

Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes, will be on the Coast to Coast radio show tonight, from 10-11pm Pacific. Stewart will be discussing the new Indiana law, Senate Act #1, that is intended to restore, by statute, a right to resist unlawful entry by police that had existed for centuries under common law, but was wiped out last year in an Indiana Supreme Court Barnes v. State of Indiana decision.  This law is a reaction to that very flawed bit of judicial activism. -from an Oath Keepers email today.
 
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/03/02/indiana-house-approves-bill-that-allows-homeowners-to-kill-police-officers — Stephen D. Foster, Jr., author of this report is opposed to the Indiana law.
http://www.in.gov/judiciary/opinions/pdf/05121101shd.pdf — a case that led to the Indiana law.
 
June 12, 2012 — american culture, ayn rand, peter saint-andré … anglosphere, bibliography: bennett, macfarlane, veliz, berlin, tocqueville, whitman, fischer, phillips, rand, aristotle

“Ayn Rand and American Culture,” by Peter Saint-André ••• — St. André admires the spirit and intent of Rand’s account of America. In this article he provides a wealth of things it would have been well for her to have known, things we may hope she would have been delighted to learn. Recently, I have been delighted to learn these things. A new understanding how the entrepreneurial culture of the United States, and of the entire Anglosphere came to be is emerging. St. André provides a good introduction. The bibliography of eleven books is excellent. -ls
 
June 11, 2012 — ipad apps, apple, software developers, teaching, learning, inspirationå, a short video

A beautiful video, shown today at the opening of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, tells stories showing how great hardware and software are used to make important contributions to the quality of lives all over the world. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, introduces the video at about 7 minutes into today’s recording of his presentation. It lasts about 10 minutes, and is worth watching: it is genuinely heartening and inspiring. Go to http://apple.com ; click on “Watch the Keynote” ; navigate to about the 7 minute point. -ls
 
June 10, 2012 — europe, decline, birth rates, joel kotkin

“What’s Really Behind Europe’s Decline? It’s the Birth Rates, Stupid,” by Joel Kotkin •••
 
June 9, 2012 — a moment in the history of freeorder, alfred weber, verein socialpolitik, vienna, 1909

In September 1909 the plenary meeting of the Verein für Socialpolitik took place in Vienna. At that meeting, ‘Alfred Weber had dared to suggest that there might be something wrong with becoming a civil servant, and something even worse about turning large segments of the population into employees of the state. In doing so, he denounced the very mission of the Verein [circle], which was to provide “scientific” underpinnings for ever more government intervention and a larger, more powerful bureaucracy.’ -Jörge Guido Hülsmann, Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism •••, pg. 200 — a magnificent biography of one of the world’s greatest thinkers, and the mentor of F. A. Hayek. The book is available in many forms, print and ebooks, at the link provided. Explorers Foundation helped to fund the publication of this book. -ls
 
June 8, 2012 — fiction, novel, alternative history, churchill, hitler, sean gabb, l. neil smith

The Churchill Memorandum, by Sean Gabb, reviewed by L. Neil Smith ••• — A fascinating alternative history, in which WWII never happened. Smith’s review is interesting reading. -ls
 
June 7, 2012 — manufacturing in usa, how to get it right, ground force manufacturing, idaho, ron nilson

Ground Force Manufacturing, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ••• — expanding, training, hiring, exporting trucks to customers all over the world. Ron Nilson, President. … video introduction to the company
 
June 6, 2012 — d-day, 1944 . ronald reagan’s speech, normandy, 1984

“The Boys of Pointe du Hoc,” by Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984 ••• — a great speech -ls
 
May 28, 2012 — memorial day, john scott’s message, general john a. logan’s memorial day order, 1868

From John Scott, today, Memorial Day
 
All of my comrades in arms especially honor this weekend, which we set aside to remember our all of our dead, all of our family and all of our friends and their sacrifice.

The statements below are indeed eloquent tributes and put the notion that “all gave some” and “some gave all” in proper perspective. The “eloquent” words of others, who were not there among us in the heat of battle, can not capture the emotions our memories engender.

Yet, these “words” do great service, as they cause the rest of our countrymen to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made, in order for them to live in the free society they enjoy, that is the result of the blood that was shed by others and lives that were shattered. We hope and pray that our lives and our actions continue to do honor to their sacrifice.

Semper Fi!
 
The statements to which John refers will be found here: In Memory: A Memorial Day Tribute. One of them is this:
 
The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit. If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us. Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.” -General John A. Logan’s Memorial Day Order, Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic, General Orders No.11, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868
 
Thank you, John Scott.
 
May 27, 2012 — a positive future for america; robert j. lieber; james c. bennett, michael lotus

Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the United States Is Not Destined to Decline, by Robert J. Lieber, April 2012

Amazon’s description: “To argue against the widely proclaimed idea of American decline, as this book does, might seem a lonely task. After all, the problems are real and serious. Yet if we take a longer view, much of the discourse about decline appears exaggerated, hyperbolic, and ahistorical. Why? First, because of the deep underlying strengths of the United States. These include not only size, population, demography, and resources, but also the scale and importance of its economy and financial markets, its scientific research and technology, its competitiveness, its military power, and its attractiveness to talented immigrants. Second, there is the weight of history and of American exceptionalism. Throughout its history, the United States has repeatedly faced and eventually overcome daunting challenges and crises. Contrary to a prevailing pessimism, there is nothing inevitable about American decline. Flexibility, adaptability, and the capacity for course correction provide the United States with a unique resilience that has proved invaluable in the past and will do so in the future. Ultimately, the ability to avoid serious decline is less a question of material factors than of policy, leadership, and political will.” ••• (Amazon)

America 3.0, by James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus, forthcoming, 2013 ••• (description of the book)

“We the People,” a blog about America 3.0 ••• — fascinating and important content, with links to resources that may open new paths to thinking about the future of America. Explorers Foundation is providing financial support for the writing of this book. -ls

May 26, 2012 — idaho silver mining, regulation, as seen by david bond

U.S. vs. Silver Valley Idaho Mining, article by David Bond, “U.S. Attacking Silver Valley Mining” •••
 
May 25, 2012 — path to desktop manufacturing, casting innovation

Novel casting process could transform how complex metal parts are made. “A Georgia Tech research team has developed a novel technology that could change how industry designs and casts complex, costly metal parts. This new casting method makes possible faster prototype development times, as well as more efficient and cost-effective manufacturing procedures after a part moves to mass production. . . . Suman Das, a professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, has developed an all-digital approach that allows a part to be made directly from its computer-aided design (CAD).” -article in phys.org [thanks to instapundit]
 
May 21, 2012 — money, banks, popular opinion vs. monetary policy, walter russell mead

“Better to have your money in Swiss or German bank than in a Greek one, every sentient vertebrate in Greece has to understand; as a result, hundreds of billions of euros have been moving out of the Greek banking system.” — “Ratcheting Up The Crisis In Europe •••,” Walter Russell Mead, Meadia ••• (Mead’s blog)
 
May 20, 2012 —  immigration into u.s., entrepreneurial solution: the red card, kriebel foundation

Temporary workers, border security, red card solution, proposal from the Kriebel Foundation •••
 
Heritage Foundation’s evaluation of the red card •••
 
May 19, 2012 — yes, song, you and I, peter saint-andré, saying yes to rand and rock, fundamental affirmation

“Some years ago I wrote a brief analysis of the Yes song ‘And You and I’ for someone who contacted me out of the blue over the Internet (perhaps he had read my journal entries about Yes from June 29, 2000 and April 16, 2001, or my essay Saying Yes to Rand and Rock). Sadly, he was dying of cancer at the time, but his wife told me that my letter meant a great deal to him because he too had puzzled over the song for many years. I’ve decided to post it online in case some other Yes fans might find it enlightening.” -Peter Saint-André, 2011
 
May 18, 2012 — china, international schools, startups, brian bramell

China, international schools — “There are numerous international schools getting started.” -Brian Bramell. Examples: Dalian Maple Leaf International School •••; Canadian International School of Beijing •••
 
May 17, 2012 — banking, bank, wyoming, code of the west, jonah bank

“Jonah Bank of Wyoming was established in 2006 by a group of folks that live in Wyoming, work in Wyoming, and most of all care about Wyoming.  They felt that there was a need for a bank that would help ‘Build a Better Wyoming’.  We stand by our mission statement and live by the Jonah Bank Code every day.” •••
 
May 16, 2012 — kinetic learning about arthritis, anatomy in clay, innovation in pedagogy

Anatomy in Clay reports, “In support of America’s Arthritis Awareness Month in May, we asked Steve Kish, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Zane State College, to prepare a lesson using the ANATOMY IN CLAY™ Learning System. We hope that teaching students about Arthritis will lead to its prevention.” •••
 
May 15, 2012 — medicine, regulation, stem cells, suzanne somers

“… right now anybody who wants to utilize stem cell protocols has to go offshore, either the Dominican Republic, or Asia, or Germany. Why aren’t we bringing this incredible new breakthrough to the United States? Doctors in this country are itching to be able to use stem cells, and their hands are tied.” — Why are we taxed to pay for this restriction of medical practice? -ls

Read more: Suzanne Somers: My Stem-Cell Miracle Can Help Millions
 
May 14, 2012 — small cities, engines of economic growth, joel kotkin

“McKinsey suggests that the notion that megacities will dominate the urban future constitutes ”a common misconception.“ Instead surging smaller cities will constitute well over half of the world’s urban growth, gaining ever more share from the megacities over time. This is particularly true in the U.S. which constitutes the epicenter for the new smaller city economy” — from “Small Cities Are Becoming a New Engine Of Economic Growth, •••” Joel Kotkin, May 8, 2012, first published in Forbes. [thanks to Mike Lotus (Lexington Green, on chicagoboyz.net)]
 
May 13, 2012 — collaborative process, wikipedia, update to “terms of use”

Wikipedia “Terms of Use” agreement updated through collaborative process ••• — “Following a historic community editing and comment process, Wikimedia’s Terms of Use has been updated. The newly revised version will become effective on May 25, 2012. The updated Terms of Use is the result of a unique collaborative process that incorporated over 200 edits and 4500 lines of discussion. For more than 140 days, the Wikimedia community reviewed, drafted, and redrafted proposed updates to the Terms of Use, resolving over 120 issues. Never before has a major website’s terms been drafted through such an interactive, collaborative effort.” -Wikipedia, at the linked page
 
May 12, 2012 — music, jazz, soviet union, prx.org, ponomarev interview; folkways, moses asch

“Jazz music, more than any other form of art, makes a person free. Playing jazz music, or listening to it, you don’t have to adhere to Soviet laws. And those laws were so artificial, so brutal, so unnatural. Here, listening or playing you could be yourself. You’re free. You’re free from that nonsense.” -Trumpeter, Valery Ponomarev, in this interview, at prx.org, ••• (length 00:13:26) —This is a wonderful story about the sudden onset of a love that shapes an entire life. -ls [thanks to Lara Ewing Himber]
 
PRX.org: “During The Cold War with the Soviet Union, the United States had a secret weapon: Willis Conover’s ‘Jazz Hour,’ carried on the shortwave radio signals of The Voice of America across Russia and Eastern Europe. Starting in 1955 and running for over forty years, ‘Jazz Hour’ nurtured generations of jazz musicians who grew up under the restrictions of Communism. On this edition of Jazz Stories we hear Willis Conover and two outstanding jazz musicians, Czech bassist George Mraz and Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev - both of whom learned about jazz from his broadcasts.” — sounds like Willis Conover will become a hero of Explorers Foundation. -ls
 
Another hero: Moses Asch, founder of Folkways Records & Service Co., now Smithsonian Folkways. [thanks to Pat Wagner]
 
May 11, 2012 — good business principles & practice, paul kayser, el paso natural gas

Paul Kayser’s Idea of Good Business: advice from the founder of El Paso Natural Gas

In The Pipeliners: The Story of El Paso Natural Gas, author Frank Mangan quotes Paul Kayser, the founder of the company:

“I start out on this principle: Find out about the man you’re trying to contract with — what he really wants and what is good for him. When you learn that, then aim to give it to him. But at the same time he must give you the things you want. But don’t ever get the attitude of magnifying what you want and minimizing what he wants. A man who has made a bad contract is going to sit up nights trying to find a way to break it. If it is a good contract, you can make it much more rapidly, and in the end it will be a good thing for you as well.”

“Behind every corporation are, after all, the people who built the organization, not the faceless shell that many Americans imagine corporations to be, but a structure of people with hearts, muscles, minds, and vision.” —Frank Mangan, author of The Pipeliners.

The machinery of Santa Rita No. 1, the well in Jal, New Mexico, basic to the events that produced El Paso Natural Gas, is now properly enshrined at the University of Texas, in Austin, in recognition of that well’s contribution to their good fortune.

The Pipeliners: The Story of El Paso Natural Gas, 1977 : Guynes Press, El Paso, Texas; ISBN: 0-930-208-06-4

May 10, 2012 — music of yes for solo electric bass, fundamental affirmation, peter saint-andré

Ever since I first started listening to the progressive rock band Yes in my early teens, I’ve been inspired by the nobility, grandeur, and deeply positive spirituality of their music. In 1999 I started listening to and thinking about their music more seriously. One of those new encounters was a reading of Bill Martin’s book Music of Yes, who suggested the idea of Squire Variations as the foundation of extended works for solo electric bass (something like a modern equivalent of the Bach Cello Suites). Martin’s suggestion took hold in my brain as a wonderous way to pay homage to the Yes music, and for the last few years I’ve been working on solo bass arrangements of the following Yes songs (one from each album in what Martin calls their ‘main sequence’)” -Peter Saint-André, at http://stpeter.im/music/yes/
 
May 9, 2012 — traffic congestion, application of economics, pricing, bob poole, chris swenson

“A Better Way to Limit Congestion on Roads: How applying the Managed Lanes concept to arterials could reduce traffic •••,” by Robert Poole and Chris Swenson — ‘Priced “managed lanes” (ML) are one of the great transportation success stories of the past decade, with such lanes now in operation on expressways in many metro areas and new mega-projects adding such lanes in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas, Miami, and Washington, DC areas. Because the ML concept has worked so well on congested expressways, there is growing interest in seeing if the idea can be applied to congested arterials, as well.’
 
May 6, 2012 — health, regenerative medicine, blockade of options, fight aging newsletter

Fight Aging! Newsletter, May 7, 2012, asks: “What could you choose to do today, if you had enough money for a major medical procedure, and the legion of medical regulators didn’t exist? If you were free to choose your own risks in medicine, and doctors and researchers were free to be paid to help you? Here are a few examples, with varying degrees of risk, reward, and unknown factors: Plausible, Possible, Expensive, Prohibited” •••
 
May 5, 2012 — inventions: 1) urban farms, restaurants; 2) ashok gadgil, inventor, stoves for darfur

‘Growing amid the skyscrapers and bustling streets of New York City, the Riverpark Farm at Alexandria Center is New York City’s “most urban farm.” Located at the end of East 29th Street in Kip’s Bay, the Farm supplies fresh, local produce to the adjacent Riverpark Restaurant and creates a unique green space on what will become the west tower at the Alexandria Center for Life Science – New York City.’ — Riverpark Farm, New York •••
 
“The Unknown Inventor Whose Work is Saving the Developing World •••,” — a Co.EXIST ••• (“world changing ideas and innovation”) article about Ashok Gadgil, a professor in the Department of Civil Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. -thanks to Eugene Seymour, NanoViricides, Inc. •••
 
May 4, 2012 — mao yushi, china, cato, economics, friedman prize

Mao Yushi, Chairman, Unirule Institute of Economics, Beijing, China, wins Milton Friedman Price for Advancing Liberty, CATO Institute ••• — “Economist Mao Yushi safely arrived in the U.S. Wednesday night after a tense several days during which his detention by Chinese authorities seemed imminent. Mao is slated to receive the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, awarded biennially by the Cato Institute, Friday at a black-tie dinner keynoted by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. ‘We’re relieved that the Chinese government has kept its word,’ said Cato founder and president Edward H. Crane. ‘Given the current political environment in China, we were preparing an alternative program in case the event had to go forward without our honoree.’”
 
April 28, 2012 — robert wenzel, talk at federal reserve bank

Robert Wenzel, editor & publisher of the Economic Policy Journal, recently was invited to speak at the Federal Reserve Bank. Here’s the conclusion of his talk:

“The noose is tightening on your organization, vast amounts of money printing are now required to keep your manipulated economy afloat. It will ultimately result in huge price inflation, or,  if you stop printing, another massive economic crash will occur. There is no other way out.

Again, thank you for inviting me. You have prepared food, so I will not be rude, I will stay and eat.

Let’s have one good meal here. Let’s make it a feast. Then I ask you, I plead with you, I beg you all, walk out of here with me, never to come back. It’s the moral and ethical thing to do. Nothing good goes on in this place. Let’s lock the doors and leave the building to the spiders, moths and four-legged rats.”

April 27, 2012 — keep food legal, removal of barriers to voluntary agreement

Keep Food Legal ••• — “KFL is the first nationwide membership organization devoted to culinary freedom”

Important targets:

    •    KFL will advocate in favor of abolishing all food-related subsidies. Government subsidies distort prices and demand, cause environmental problems, and have played a large role in creating America’s obesity problem.
    •    KFL will work to defeat food regulations and bans which limit our freedom to produce, cook, buy, and sell the foods we want. The government has no right to tell people what we can and can’t eat.
    •    KFL will advocate at the federal, state, and local levels in favor of more food choices. It is not enough to oppose bad new laws. We will work—in legislatures and in the courts—to roll back bad ones already on the books.

One thing KFL will never do is advocate in favor of (or against) any particular foods or dietary choices.

April 26, 2012 — frédéric bastiat, the law, published 1850, problem of legalized theft
April 25, 2012 — play and the power of a free society, daniel cloud’s the lily, quotations
April 24, 2012 — without miracles, gary cziko, adaptive fit, complex adaptive systems, evolution, design
April 23, 2012 — farms, children, the hand of the state withdraws
April 22, 2012 — disruptive science, technology, mary ann liebert
April 21, 2012 — james j. audubon, art, joel oppenheimer gallery, hudson river school
April 20, 2012 — zenpundit: charles cameron, j. scott shipman, mark safranski
April 19, 2012 — charles morgan, british novelist and essayist, france, creativity, little nell, mary mcdermott shideler
April 18, 2012 — eu, anglosphere, daniel hannan, member european parliament, jim bennett

Daniel Hannan defines “Anglosphere” ••• (8 minutes)— Excellent! -ls
 
Hannan, Conservative MEP for South East England since 1999, on his blog, April 5, 2012: “I think I’ve decided what to do when I put myself out of a job as an MEP. The next big task, once we’re safely out of the EU, will be to repair the Anglosphere: the community of free English-speaking democracies.”
 
For more about the Anglosphere see ef’s vortex Beowulf, and James C. Bennett’s booklet, “The Third Anglosphere Century” (Heritage Foundation publication) — note: “anglosphere”is not about loving everything English, nor does it have a racial basis. It is interesting to Explorers Foundation (and we have invested significantly in it) because it has been one of the rare instances in human history of an accidental and partially intentional creation of social space good for explorers. It has been one of the great steps in the ongoing development of freeorder, and it is probably leading to the next wave of that development. -ls
 
Bennett’s first article on the Anglosphere, “An Anglosphere Primer”.
 
April 17, 2012 — charles morgan on being a great writer
April 16, 2012 — charles morgan on the substation of chaos for form in art
April 15, 2012 — youth, the lure of wonder, samuel ullman, douglas macarthur, alabama, japan
April 14, 2012 — 1. tal golesworthy, requisite adhocracy, process engineering, heart repair; 2. innovators, unreasonable people & institute, boulder, colorado, fast company
April 13, 2012 — toward a life of practical romance, from g. k. chesterton’s orthodoxy
April 12, 2012 — caine’s arcade, business startup, flash mob assisted takeoff
April 11, 2012 — center for european renewal
April 10, 2012 — health insurance, alternatives to forced purchase
April 9, 2012 — novel, alongside night, j. neil schulman, wendy mcelroy, lfb
April 8, 2012 — shideler, book: consciousness of battle, thomas carlyle; napolitano: easter & freedom
April 7, 2012 — entrepreneurial benevolence, distributed (non-centralized) compassion; team rubicon, dallas tonadoes; cat & dolphin playing together
April 6, 2012 — thailand, flat tax, alvin rabushka, hoover institution
April 5, 2012 — china, u.s., support gradual fall of u.s., unirule institute of economics, cato
April 4, 2012 — free cities, charter cities, esther dyson, competition among cities
April 3, 2012 — benjamin constant, government as protector and tyrant, 1815, cafe hayek, don boudreaux
April 2, 2012 — visualization, graphic, information is beautiful, logic, argument, error
April 1, 2012 — technology, printing, 3d, kodak, inspired innovation
March 31, 2012 — wind map, interactive dynamic graphical illustration
March 30, 2012 — a generous world, based on freedom pioneered by free zones, open world, frazier
March 29, 2012 — governance, law, u.s. constitution, limits or no limits? andrew p. napolitano
March 28, 2012 — limits of governmental power, randy e. barnett, georgetown university law center
March 27, 2012 — team rubicon, disaster response, veterans, guardians
March 26, 2012 — louis l’amour, books, autobiography: a lifetime of reading, education
March 25, 2012 — reliability of scientific claims, k. eric drexler, debates, journals & fora, due process
March 24, 2012 — science, biography, marie sklodowska curie
March 23, 2012 — michael strong, jonathan haidt, intellectual integrity, the righteous mind, beethoven, recovery from illness
March 22, 2012 — anatomy in clay, learning with the hands, jon zahourek, kim long
March 21, 2012 — brain plasticity, changing mind with mind, stephanie west allen’s “brains on purpose”
March 20, 2012 — global cooling, not man made (how could that be?, oh, you mean there’s something other than us?)
March 18, 2012 — historical maps, david rumsey collection, tracy myers, liberty star uranium & metals
March 17, 2012 — efficient, useful governance services, entrepreneurial spirit in government, steve elliott, boulder, colorado
March 16, 2012 — law, liberty, institute for justice, defending producers, blackstone, defense of the powerless
March 15, 2012 — foundations of freeorder, f. a. hayek, use of knowledge in society, american economic review, 1945
March 14, 2012 — superwealth, wealth differences, a book by max borders
March 13, 2012 — anglosphere, energy, james c. bennett
March 12, 2012 — free cities, flow, max borders, honduras special development regions (sdrs)
March 11, 2012 — irshad manji, project moral courage TV
March 10, 2012 — 1) oath keepers: soldiers, police, firefighters, guardians, respect for u.s. constitution, limits of political authority; 2) state nullification of unconstitutional federal intrusion, thomas e. woods
March 9, 2012 — insider trading, restraint by contract law vs. by legislative law, market discovery vs. legislative imposition
March 8, 2012 — sound money, corrupted money, law, banking, jésus huerta de soto, king carlos university, spain
March 7, 2012 — islam, liberty, minaret of freedom, thomas jefferson
March 6, 2012 — moses sanga, uganda, carbon, trees, organic charcoal, biomass, unreasonable institute fellow 2011
March 5, 2012 — small modular nuclear reactors, hyperion power generation, denver, doe savanna river site
March 4, 2012 — books by iain murray, failures of government and some environmentalists
March 3, 2012 — money, inflation, taxation, destruction of a free people by slow erosion of their capability to save for their own future, gary gibson, whisky & gunpowder, economic collapse blog3/2/12 7:19 pm
March 2, 2012 — sin, sloth, tolerance, despair, dorothy sayers; virtue, hope, mary mcdermott shideler, consciousness of battle
March 1, 2012 — resilience, community, john robb, food, energy, water, shelter, hard times, newsletter (online)
February 29, 2012 — anglosphere, energy, james c. bennett, michael j. lotus, america 3.0, encounter books, canada free press
February 28, 2012 — team rubicon, crisis, emergency response teams, veterans, medical professionals
February 27, 2012 — islam, epistemology, reason, experience, reliable sources, Minaret of Freedom, ijtihad
February 26, 2012 — time, machinery, engineering, durability, philosophical provocateur made entirely of matter and thought
February 25, 2012 — maritime piracy, international law, law of the sea, Robert Haywood & Roberta Spivak, pre-order available now, publication date April 27, 2012
February 24, 2012 — Tolkien, significance of Lord of the Rings, Mary McDermott Shideler
February 23, 2012 — Jim (James C.) Bennett, radio interview, Backbone Radio, anglosphere, Britain, EU, America 3.0
February 22, 2012 — Eric Hoffer, individualist, laborer, thinker, a Louis L’Amour “wandering man”
February 21, 2012 — personal surveillance drones, Francis Fukuyama, a hint of the Diamond Age
February 20, 2012 — Walter Russell Mead, articles, future of liberalism, The American Interest magazine
February 19, 2012 — instructive, impressive and fun animations about mining
February 18, 2012 — education Ariel Dochstader Miller, of Bronze Doors Academy comments on vortex Eudaimonia; Michael Strong on Bronze Doors
February 17, 2012 — free cities, honduras, Carlos Pineda, Michael Strong (let a thousand nations bloom), CoAlianza, Fergus Hodgson
February 16, 2012 — spontaneous order, tacit knowing, complex adaptive systems, designed orders, freeorder, Daniel Cloud’s The Lily, Hayek, Popper
February 15, 2012 — education, dialog, collaboration, socratic method, teaching, learning, Phillips Exeter, Tyler C. Tingley, Harkness Table
February 14, 2012 — interactive text books, the future of education, Apple and textbook publishers
February 13, 2012 — health, regenerative medicine, Life Extension Foundation
February 12, 2012 — freedom of religion, commands issued by government to church, opposition to this, Chaput
February 11, 2012 — corruption of democracy by shameless and unrepentant electrons and their silicon hosts
February 10, 2012 — big machines, out of sight, fundamental tools
February 9, 2012 — 1) Robert J. O’Hara, residential colleges, foundations for collaborative learning; 2) St. John’s College; 3) Michael Strong, on education
February 8, 2012 — Ryan Lobo, storyteller, magnification of the good and beautiful, a TED talk
February 7, 2012 — Patrick Cox, Breakthrough Technology Alert, newsletter from Agora Financial

“More and more often, I’m finding ‘too good to be true’ technologies that are, in fact, very true. It is, I think, the hallmark of our era. Things we thought were impossible are coming to pass on a regular basis. To prosper, we’ll all have to re-examine practically everything we thought we could take for granted.”

“The reason, as you know, is the growing impact of Moore’s law. It is the exponential increase in the power of microprocessors and its transformation of technologies ranging from biotech to entertainment.”

“I realize that the economic situation created by our feckless ruling class tends to cast a cold pallor on the world. It is depressing, I admit, but it will pass. The real story going on behind the scenes is an unbelievable number of technological breakthroughs. These are not hypothetical breakthroughs. They have already occurred, but are not yet fully deployed. They will, in turn, drive astonishing progress and growth, as well as enormous wealth for those with the vision to help it along through investments.”

“Seriously. If you doubt me, tell me after reading the next issue that optimism is not rational. I consider myself perhaps the most fortunate person on the planet, by the way. I think of economists, like my friend John Mauldin, who spends his time dwelling on the government-derailed economy. If I had to think for more than a half hour a day about international debt and entitlement statistics, I suspect I’d be far down the road to substance abuse. My friend Ray Blanco and I, however, get to spend time our learning from the people who will actually solve the problems that politicians have created. For that, I am profoundly grateful.” ••• (Agora Financial, Breakthrough Technology Alert) — Expensive newsletter. Some will find it worth the money. -ls
 
February 6, 2012 — China, business, education, mba, emba; China, music, NYT review
February 5, 2012 — business, accounting, online event, Libby Smith, Pat Wagner
February 4, 2012 — McNelly, composting, intermodal shipping terminals and containers, U. S. Composting Council
February 3, 2012 — nutrition: restriction of our free choice by government, how to protest, Life Extension Foundation
February 2, 2012 — archeology, colorado mountains, mastodons, mammoths, video
February 1, 2012 — accelerate the world’s most unreasonable ventures, Unreasonable Institute, Boulder, Colorado
January 31, 2012 — education, static current conditions v. waves of creative destruction, Stuart Butler in National Affairs

January 30, 2012 — Macau, China, literary festival planned, script road, Ricardo Pinto
January 29, 2012 — SpaceX Dragon, first commercial spacecraft to visit International Space Station
January 28, 2012 — Hyperion Power Generation, small, modular, safe nuclear power plants
January 27, 2012 — printing body parts with 3D printers
January 26, 2012 — Magatte Wade, Africa, Senegal, manufacturing
January 25, 2012 — printing a house using contour crafting
January 24, 2012 — rebooting America, Jim Nennett, Mike Lotus, Encounter Books
January 23, 2012 — Alan Macfarlane, anthropologist, historian
January 22, 2012 — personalized life extension, conference, Chris Peterson, Foresight Institute
January 21, 2012 — rebuilding soil, fertilizer, compost, intermodal shipping terminals and network, Jim McNelly
January 20, 2012 — Frederick Bastiat, The Law, legal plunder and the remedy, 1850, France
January 19, 2012 — respect for u.s. constitution, law enforcement, sheriffs, 10th amendment, convention
January 18, 2012 — human evolution, africa, neanderthals, denisovans, christopher stringer
January 17, 2012 — classes: economic, political, praetorian, pete kofod, how a society declines, rome, nazi germany, usa, casey research
January 16, 2012 — tolkien, hobbit, lord of the rings, inklings, mary mcdermott shideler, 1966
January 15, 2012 — cold fusion; yavapai autobiography, edited by gregory mcnamee
January 14, 2012 — life extension conference, chris peterson, foresight institute, s. f. bay area
January 13, 2012 — j. s. bach, organ music, helmut walcha, yasuhiko kimura
January 12, 2012 — ayn rand, documentary, “atlas shrugged” as a prediction coming true, chris mortensen, dennis miller, audio clips
January 11, 2012 — sheridan on the power of a free press, creation of ef vortex sheridan
January 10, 2012 — ayn rand, documentary, “atlas shrugged” as a prediction coming true, chris mortensen, dennis miller
January 9, 2012 — price of ecosystem services (pes), mark sagoff, environment, economics, epistemology, semantics
January 8, 2012 — chuck vollmer, charter cities, jobenomics presentation
January 7, 2012 — a few interesting sites about world changing, mostly not by rube goldberg devices, but who knows?
January 6, 2012 — soil, erosion, seven thousand years of world history, w. c. lowdermilk, journeyforever.org •••
January 5, 2012 — “sisu”, finnland, language, courage, perseverance, tenacity
January 4, 2012 — bill casey, wendi peck, executive leadership group, leadership, failure & innovation, planning, execution
January 3, 2012 — mary mcdermott shideler, hope, courage, love, virtue, fullness of life, book: consciousness of battle
January 2, 2012 — g. k. chesterson, article by roger kimball, appreciative, and critical
January 1, 2012 — karl popper, joy in exploration, in meeting problems and their children
December 31, 2011 — hope, virtue, mary mcdermott shideler, consciousness of battle
December 30, 2011 — mushrooms can save the world, paul stamets, mycologist, ted talk
December 29, 2011  — beethoven, mass, miss solemn is, a great work of humanism
December 28, 2011 — mexico, general (ret.) barry mccaffrey, michael yon
December 27, 2011 — history of colonial america, murray n. rothbard, von mises institute, kindle book
December 26, 2011 — invasion of gm seeds, fighting back, percy schmeiser vs. monsanto, canada, dr. mercola
December 25, 2011 — frank chodorov, the remnant, old right, byzantine empire of the west?, view from 1947
December 24, 2011 — spirit of christmas, WWI truce, american spectator magazine, quin hillyer
December 23, 2011 — james c. bennett, regulatory arbitrage
December 22, 2011 — silk industry, capitalism, labor history, grace hutchins, socialism, digitized by u. connecticut
December 21, 2011 — soil, water, organic wastes, purification, remediation, compost, bio-fertilizer, jim mcnelly, liberation capital
December 20, 2011 — water, purification, nanotechnology, desalination, agua via, gayle pergamit, martin edelstein
December 19, 2011 — whittaker chambers’ masterpiece of supine gloom, bill buckley, william f. buckley, the remnant
December 18, 2011 —  how “man, economy and state” by murray n. rothbard came to be written, mises institute, history
December 17, 2011 — michael strong, on democracy and rule of law
December 16, 2011 — frank chodorov, article from 1947, byzantine empire of the west, lew rockwell, “The ingenuity of man is coterminous with his cupidity” —chodorov
December 15, 2011 — space station, spaces, nasa, entrepreneurial space ventures
December 14, 2011 — life extension, methuselah film, terry grossman
December 13, 2011 — philosophy, epistemology, psychology, four agreements, tolec wisdom, don miguel ruiz
December 12, 2011 — music, vienna, new symphony, 1892, hans rott, gustav mahler
December 11, 2011 — michael yon, fully entrepreneurial (reader supported) journalist,  photographer, afghanistan, u.s. military
December 10, 2011 — peace through commerce, austin texas, israel
December 9, 2011 — new york, ineradicable character of america, optimism, liberty of expression and action, richochet
December 8, 2011 — venture, leadership, casey, peck, executive leadership group, uses of failure
December 7, 2011 — news from windward, rabbit breeding and care
December 6, 2011 — socratic conversations, ronald gross, new york
December 5, 2011 — arab emirates, literature, festival, march 2012
December 4, 2011 — bread, cereal, sprouted grains, low glycemic, complete protein
December 3, 2011 — science house; sir groovy (music licensing)
December 2, 2011 — jim owen, cowboy ethics: code of the west, wyoming, wall street
December 1, 2011 — media of exchange, good and bad, corruption vs. integrity, history, economics, political science
November 30, 2011 — history, economics, money, origins through spontaneous order, austrian school economics, rothbard, mises
November 29, 2011 — financial, banking, bank of texas, no tarp
November 28, 2011 — bennett, lotus, book in progress, america 3.0, great u-turn, political philosophy, new blog today
November 24-27, 2011 — audubon, birds, watercolors, new york historical society, oppenheimer, publishing
November 23, 2011 — explorers foundation, pattern revelation, freeorder
November 22, 2011 — free cities, zones, michael strong, honduras
November 21, 2011 — regulation of foods, stevia, fda, jon barron article
November 20, 2011 — tiosanno, senegal, africa
November 19, 2011 — eco-fuel africa, ugandaa, ag waste>charcoal, stop cutting trees, plant trees, moses sanga
November 18, 2011 — nutrition, mineral absorption, jon barron article
November 17, 2011 — law, business, dubai, english common law
November 16, 2011 — easy and wrong assumptions about government and liberty, free market foundation, south africa
November 15, 2011 — africa, liberty, markets, adedayo thomas
November 14, 2011 — free market foundation, south africa, facebook evolution
November 13, 2011 — ayn rand, fountainhead, howard roark, book by saint-andré, tao of roark
November 12, 2011 — nuclear energy, terra power, traveling wave reactors, bill gates
November 11, 2011 — hong kong, lion rock institute, competition, regulation
November 10, 2011 — hong kong, sir john cowperthwaite
November 9, 2011 — bennett, macfarlane, english individualism
November 8, 2011 — tarek hedgy, egyptian writer
November 7, 2011 — john hasnas, origins of law supportive of freeorder, i.e what's good for explorers, common law, polycentric law
November 6, 2011 — free cities, entrepreneurial/philosophical opportunity, michael strong
November 5, 2011 — chemistry, physics, elements, table
November 4, 2011 — south africa: job creation, "freedom" defined, newspeak resisted, leon louw
November 3, 2011 — entrepreneurship, start something in new jersey, rising tide capital
November 2, 2011 — raymond logan's paintings of tools, electric drill
November 1, 2011 — independent institute 25th anniversary dinner, alexis de tockqueville awards