Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Net war in Iran = trend against national soveriegnty.


(thank you Jody Gatwood for inspiring this blog response!)

This "Iran Net wa" blog conforms with a key element of the new world we live in.

Exponential advances in the power, affordability, and ubiquity of dual-use technology (cyber, bio, chemical, nuclear, nano, and even conventional..) are making people more powerful than nations.

It used to be that only superpowers had such capacity. Now even Haitians have cell phones. Eventually, human rights everywhere will gain supremacy over national sovereignty (the right of any nation, to do whatever it wants, to whomever it wants, whenever it wants) anywhere.

In summary: We're mad as hell! And, we aren’t going to take it (lying down, repressed, ignored, abused, overwhelmed, outgunned, peacefully, impoverished, ill, illiterate...) any more!!!

In spite of aging...It's getting harder and harder to be cynical.

The current uprising in Iran suggests that Twitter and Facebook are vastly more effective than CNN at providing news updates. One blog poster says "one of the ways people have been trying to make it more difficult for the Iranian police to track down dissidents is by changing their twitter location and timezone to that of Tehran. Feel free to do that too." Now you too can frustrate the Iranian thought police. I never thought Twittering could be so subversive.



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