A brief and pithy explanation of the differences between System Thinking and a ‘Top Down’ approach to developing solutions.
From ‘The Systems Thinking Review’.
Systems Thinking is a profoundly different way of seeing the world that is diametrically opposed to command and control, reductionist approaches to management.
Derivatives are complex financial instruments that have leveraged the underlying economy to the hilt. This excellent visual depiction of the derivatives holdings of some of the largest banks will open your eyes and make your head spin.
Retired Army Col. John Alexander, well-known UFO expert, urges Secretary of Defense director Leon Panetta, CIA Directory David Petraeus, and National Intelligence Director James Clapper to grant amnesty to government officials/employees who are still under security oaths that prevent them from disclosing what they — or the government — know about the extraterrestrial reality.
Selected by ESCENE for ‘Best of Journals’ on the web:
…probably the most important, and salient, impact of the web on viral public opinion shaping may be the UFO phenomena. An entirely new intellectual discipline, called Exopolitics (the political implications of Extraterrestrial presence), has evolved and begun to turn the litany of UFO ‘sightings’ and whistleblower testimony into a rational – albeit radical – world view. When I say ‘rational’ I mean that there is a framework that is quickly developing that pieces together many conspiratorial threads in such a way to create a narrative that may, over time, replace what one might call the Walter Conkrite world view that existed from the end of WW II through 2001 (i.e., 9/11)…
This and other essays included in D.R. Thompson’s book A WORLD WITHOUT WAR.
In the 1800’s, Julia Ward Howe, original advocate for “Mother’s Day” and writer of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” nursed and tended the wounded during the civil war. She worked with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the war, and realized that the effects of the war go beyond the killing of soldiers in battle. The devastation she witnessed called her to “rise up through the ashes and devastation” calling out for a day dedicated to peace: Mother’s Day. In her various social capacities Julia tirelessly worked for justice throughout her life. (Read more about the life of Julia Ward Howe and her work around Mother’s Day here.)
United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is actively involved in making a difference.
Per their website:
“Our long-term goal is to grow a culture of justice, peace, equality, cooperation and respect. We value diversity and respect the earth. We encourage member groups and individuals to engage in wide range of activities from educating their elected officials and the public to public witness actions, protests, street theater, nonviolent direct action and mass mobilization.”