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I can generate enough content by myself to inspire a community to eventually develop. I would like to become some kind of teacher and advocate for a
new better social order. I don't mean to use a personal wiki as some kind of classroom, but rather as a reflective station where others can come to reflect with me, rather like a cafe. "Yoga class for cats" is a lyric from one of my favorite music albums.
To begin with, I would like to try using my talk page as my email; talk pages don't get spam. I have less than a dozen individuals--family and friends--who will be initially invited. I would like the expound social commentary flavored with a historically progressive historical point of view and suggest ideas that may improve the quality of life for some groups of people. In the beginning and in the end, I favor people over groups.
I suppose I'm probably really just some kind of New Age hippy with limited world experience. I guess I'm on Wikia so I can to talk to the world and gain some experience. Ctaylor503 00:40, 21 July 2007 (UTC)
Please suggest any organization tips. I'll fix the place up once more content arrives. Ctaylor503 23:08, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
Some folks believe the apparent exponential growth of various things observable to humans indicates some kind of singularity is approaching. AccelerationWatch.com has lots of well-written literature on the subject. As with many other topics, I am in partial agreement. Information Technology has been developing since the 1940s. By the 2040s, problems will be solvable that were unimaginable to the initial innovators. With an increasing number of problems able to be solved, eventually world hunger and population pressure will be solved, although there will forever be detractors. See also: OrionsArm.com Ctaylor503 17:18, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
Separation of Corporation and State
It doesn't have the same sound as "church and state", it would need to be something clunky like "corp and state" to sound similar, but the concept is basically the same. In the 16th century, Martin Luther protested against the Catholic Church. In response, the Church clamped down in many ways, resulting in national dominance by the 18th century. The stage was set for a call to separate the Church from government. Today, I feel the need to call for a separation of corporate influence from politics. If a company wants to donate to the political process, let them do it by raising the price of a product and let the consumer do a passive good deed by donating a fraction of every purchase to the government. Oh wait, that's sales tax. Ctaylor503 23:02, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
It's a shame the world's first experience with nuclear energy was at the end of a horrific war. I imagine the demand for oil would be lower today if more nuclear power plants existed (but only under the strictest safety guidelines and inspectors, of course). Ctaylor503 21:29, 27 July 2007 (UTC)
I predict Barack Obama will win the presidency. He is unconventional, and is both praised and criticized by both groups of partisans in a time when the voters are sick and tired of needless and wasteful bipartisan bickering.
China's police force
The drama began Tuesday morning at the Great Wall near Mutianyu, about 90 kilometres northeast of Beijing, when the activists unfurled their banner, which began with the Beijing Olympic slogan, "One World, One Dream," but ended with: "Free Tibet, 2008."
Police moved in about two hours later, Price said, and the activists were detained at the base of The Great Wall, for five hours, then transported to a local police station and finally, close to midnight, driven to the Public Security Bureau in central Beijing.
"We were held in a room, all six of us, and seated there for about 14 hours and interrogated at least twice," Price explained.
He said the questions were straight-forward: "What were we doing and why we were doing it – what (did we think) we'd achieve? Who had we stayed with in China? Did we have any help? Did we work with Tibetans? Did we know any Tibetans?"
The activists offered no information.
"They threatened us, saying they wouldn't contact our embassy. Then they said that we didn't have the right to speak to our embassy. But we knew very well that we did, and we stuck to our guns," said Price. "We just had to hope and assume that there was enough support coming from outside and enough pressure."
After about 36 hours, the activists were driven to Beijing's Capital Airport, and handed tickets for a commercial flight to Hong Kong.
- I just wanted to highlight the methods in interrogation here. The Chinese police officers tested their captives knowledge of citizen rights. I expect that this is their standard procedure. Ctaylor503 13:45, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
The Subprime Mortagage Crisis
As it seems the world is edging closer to another Great Depression, I can only watch and reflect. One talks about Home Depot and Walmart acting as economic barometers, while a growing disconnect between the discount and luxury segments of the retail industry highlight the income disparity in the United States (and certainly other industrialized countries). The old bipartisan political division is becoming untenable, and it is said that popularism is on the rise. Grassroots movements are sprouting like weeds. US Presidential hopeful John Edwards issues good sound-bytes: [I'm] "framing the campaign as a struggle that pits the political and corporate elite against regular people." One of his top strategists says "economic disparity will put this nation in the toilet much quicker than a nuke from Iran or North Korea...housing prices are beginning to drop makes the building boom (due to insane lending practices) come to an end, many of you in the middle-class will get a close look at the realities of a system where democracy is subservient to capitalism, and not the other way around, economic disparity will be coming to a suburb or exurb near you". Ctaylor503 01:58, 15 August 2007 (UTC)
Partisans vs Non-partisans
"...quickly dissolving into partisanship supported by anecdote or assertion. Wikipedia’s “Replies to our critics” reflects the binary divisiveness of many debates: “Some [people] are nearly instantly hooked, and love the idea; others think the idea is so absurd as not to require any serious consideration.” Summing attitudes into polar opposites may be fine for discussions of the designated hitter or 13–player vs. 15–player rugby. For peer–production projects like Wikipedia, however, it excludes the large middle ground, which is where most ordinary users might be assumed to stand. As with dogmatic religions, where to embrace one you must renounce the other, these sorts of arguments expect people to vote up or down — Google or the library, Britannica or Wikipedia. For most of us, however, judgments of quality require finer tuning: When does an inconclusive answer on Google indicate an ill–formed question, and when a “dark area” of Google or the Internet? Where is Wikipedia or Britannica likely to be strong or weak? Questions of quality, that is, are less about what single source to trust for everything than about when to trust a particular source for the question at hand. When is AltaVista likely to be more helpful than Google? When is it wiser to turn to the Oxford Dictionary of Biography than to Wikipedia? When is a Penguin paperback a better source than Project Gutenberg? When might Instapundit be more insightful than The New York Times? And, for all these questions, when not? These choices confront the complex complementarity of different resources. Non–partisans, people who can entertain both enthusiasm and skepticism at the same time, face such choices every day."