“... Einstein came in and said pleasantly, 'Hello, I'm coming to your seminar. But first, where is the tea?'”
Richard Feynman

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman

Drunvalo Melchizedek

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This is the person often mentioned in Bob Frissell’s book:

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Bruce Schneier: Trust, Security, Privacy, Society

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An excellent talk … except I felt he was too gracious and careful with his hosts:

In the end he speaks of hard-power turning into soft-power … got me thinking about femininity.
And also mentions that organic-food is a kind of defensive strategy against unhealthy food … loved that … continuing to feed my unwritten post on organic.

via Fred Wilson

Also from Bruche Schneier (came to me a day later) The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership via Matt Mullenweg

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This Shitty World is Pregnant with Another

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From Shining Eyes:

“We’re here because for the first time we can feel the new way of being beating in our veins. Eduardo Galeano said this shitty world is pregnant with another. I can taste it. I can feel it. I can even say that I’ve seen it.”

via Dan MaQuillan and Nick Marsh

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Legitimizing via Science

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From this article about Johnson & Masters work in sexuality:

“And they legitimised it in a way by making it scientific.”

An interesting point-of-reference to the demise of intellect itself into social patterns as a dominant means of acceptance.

 

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Unveiling the Myth of Patents as an Attack on The Commons

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taken from Steve Jobs Didn’t Build That:

” … The American patent system is based on what Gar Alperovitz calls “the hero inventor” ideology, the belief that one man or woman working diligently and independently on a project drives innovation by upending the status quo.

… The implications of this ideology are important for capitalism as a system … The history of attribution, then, is largely the history of arbitrarily choosing one of many inventors and showering him with praise and wealth.

Innovators, in addition to standing up on the shoulders of giants, rarely work alone … Invention appears in significant part to be a social, not an individual, phenomenon.

… today intellectual property is our commons, information is our commons …

Thus American patent law is designed not to promote innovation, but rather stifle it, by allowing one individual to profit at the expense of society …

Rather than promoting innovation, patents allow for capitalists to monopolize public research and knowledge for private gain … Just like the oil barons of Saudi Arabia who build their regimes by exploiting their country’s vast natural resources, the tech barons of America build their wealth by exploiting a vast intellectual heritage that is not theirs to take.”

… and then there is this interesting story … one way to fight back against software patents

both via Albert Wenger

 

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