The Global Banking ‘Super-Entity’ Drug Cartel: The “Free Market” of Finance Capital

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HSBC bankers testifying before U.S. Senate on laundering billions in drug money (photo courtesy of The Economist, 21 July 2012)

This essay is the product of research undertaken for the first volume of The People’s Book Project. Please donate to help the first volume come to completion: a study of the institutions, ideas, and individuals of power and resistance in a snap-shot of the world today, looking at the global economic crisis, war and empire, repression and the global spread of anti-austerity and resistance movements.

I would like to introduce you, the reader, to some realities of our global banking system, resting on the rhetoric of free markets, but functioning, in actuality, as a global cartel, a “super-entity” in which the world’s major banks all own each other and own the controlling shares in the world’s largest multinational corporations, influence governments and policy with politicians in their back pockets, routinely engaging in fraud and bribery, and launder hundreds of billions of dollars in drug money, not to mention arms dealing and terrorist financing. These are the “too big to fail” and “too big to jail” banks, the centre of our global economy, what we call a “free market,” implying that the global banks – and corporations – have “free reign” to do anything they please, engage in blatantly criminal activities, steal trillions in wealth which is hidden offshore, and never get more than a slap on the wrist. This is the real “free market,” a highly profitable global banking cartel, functioning as a worldwide financial Mafia.

Scientific Research Proves the Existence of a Global Financial “Super-Entity”

In October of 2011, New Scientist reported that a scientific study on the global financial system was undertaken by three complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. The conclusion of the study revealed what many theorists and observers have noted for years, decades, and indeed, even centuries: “An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.” As one of the researchers stated, “Reality is so complex, we must move away from dogma, whether it’s conspiracy theories or free-market… Our analysis is reality-based.” Using a database which listed 37 million companies and investors worldwide, the researchers studied all 43,060 trans-national corporations (TNCs), including the share ownerships linking them.[1]

The mapping of ‘power’ was through the construction of a model showing which companies controlled which other companies through shareholdings. The web of ownership revealed a core of 1,318 companies with ties to two or more other companies. This ‘core’ was found to own roughly 80% of global revenues for the entire set of 43,000 TNCs. And then came what the researchers referred to as the “super-entity” of 147 tightly-knit companies, which all own each other, and collectively own 40% of the total wealth in the entire network. One of the researchers noted, “In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network.” This network poses a huge risk to the global economy, as, “If one [company] suffers distress… this propagates.” The study was undertaken with a data set established prior to the economic crisis, thus, as the financial crisis forced some banks to die (Lehman Bros.) and others to merge, the “super-entity” would now be even more connected, concentrated, and problematic for the economy.[2]

The top 50 companies on the list of the “super-entity” included (as of 2007): Barclays Plc (1), Capital Group Companies Inc (2), FMR Corporation (3), AXA (4), State Street Corporation (5), JP Morgan Chase & Co. (6), UBS AG (9), Merrill Lynch & Co Inc (10), Deutsche Bank (12), Credit Suisse Group (14), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (16), Goldman Sachs Group (18), Morgan Stanley (21), Société Générale (24), Bank of America Corporation (25), Lloyds TSB Group (26), Lehman Brothers Holdings (34), Sun Life Financial (35), ING Groep (41), BNP Paribas (46), and several others.[3]

In the United States, five banks control half the economy: JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs Group collectively held $8.5 trillion in assets at the end of 2011, which equals roughly 56% of the U.S. economy. This data was according to central bankers at the Federal Reserve. In 2007, the assets of the largest banks amounted to 43% of the U.S. economy. Thus, the crisis has made the banks bigger and more powerful than ever. Because the government invoked “too big to fail,” meaning that the big banks will be saved because they are very important, the big banks have incentive to make continued and bigger risks, because they will be bailed out in the end. Essentially, it’s an insurance policy for criminal risk-taking behaviour. The former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis stated, “Market participants believe that nothing has changed, that too-big-to-fail is fully intact.” Remember, “market” means the banking cartel (or “super-entity” if you prefer). Thus, they build new bubbles and buy government bonds (sovereign debt), making the global financial system increasingly insecure and at risk of a larger collapse than took place in 2008.[4]

When politicians, economists, and other refer to “financial markets,” they are in actuality referring to the “super-entity” of corporate-financial institutions which dominate, collectively, the global economy. For example, the role of financial markets in the debt crisis ravaging Europe over the past two years is often referred to as “market discipline,” with financial markets speculating against the ability of nations to repay their debt or interest, of credit ratings agencies downgrading the credit-worthiness of nations, of higher yields on sovereign bonds (higher interest on government debt), and plunging the country deeper into crisis, thus forcing its political class to impose austerity and structural adjustment measures in order to restore “market confidence.” This process is called “market discipline,” but is more accurately, “financial terrorism” or “market warfare,” with the term “market” referring specifically to the “super-entity.” Whatever you call it, market discipline is ultimately a euphemism for class war.[5]

Originally posted on Andrew Gavin Marshall:

The Global Banking ‘Super-Entity’ Drug Cartel: The “Free Market” of Finance Capital

By: Andrew Gavin Marshall

HSBC bankers testifying before U.S. Senate on laundering billions in drug money (photo courtesy of The Economist, 21 July 2012)

This essay is the product of research undertaken for the first volume of The People’s Book Project. Please donate to help the first volume come to completion: a study of the institutions, ideas, and individuals of power and resistance in a snap-shot of the world today, looking at the global economic crisis, war and empire, repression and the global spread of anti-austerity and resistance movements.

I would like to introduce you, the reader, to some realities of our global banking system, resting on the rhetoric of free markets, but functioning, in actuality, as a global cartel, a “super-entity” in which the world’s major banks all own each other and own the controlling shares…

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4th, 5th Estate Alternate Media Sources

The Fifth Estate is a modern extension of the four classical Estates of the Realm. The Fifth Estate is most strongly associated with bloggers, journalists, and media outlets that operate outside of the mainstream media.

The Fifth Estate

A dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.


Media Roots: Founded by Abby Martin, the former host of RT’s Breaking the Set, Media Roots is a citizen journalism project that reports the news from outside of party lines. Abby believes that just as the root system of a tree is more important that the tree itself, independent media is integral to the foundation and survival of a democracy. Graduating from San Diego State with a Bachelor’s degree in political science, Abby’s Media Roots regularly features exclusive podcasts discussing the latest world events with her brother Robbie.



Real News Network: Since 2007 the Real News Network has produced more than 7,000 stories that have been viewed more than 100 million times. Producing high-quality video news released on their Youtube channel covering the biggest stories of the day, the Real News Network puts the focus on working peoples’ rights, for peace, for the health of our planet, and consistently shines a light on the racism inside the United States.




The Anti-Media: One of the fastest growing news outlets in the world, last Fall the Anti-Media soared into the 25,000 most visited websites in the world. During anti-police protests across America, the Anti-Media consistently published articles on breaking police brutality cases and several of their original reports went viral on social media with hundreds of thousands of shares. Of course, each story was featured by the Anti-Media days before the corporate outlets even knew what had happened.


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The Corbett Report: With over 1,000 episodes, the Corbett Report has most definitely earned their reputation as one of the hardest working and most-trusted news sources in the world. The Corbett Report has uniquely developed their own team of investigative fans who research the most-requested topics. The information is archived and analyzed by James Corbett, who then turns the sources into an easy to understand video news report. Preferring to describe the service he provides as ‘open source intelligence‘, the Corbett Report has been a favorite of mine for many years.




StormCloudsGathering: If you’ve ever thought the corporate media was hiding something from you, you’re right, and you’ll absolutely love the hard work and fact-checking StormCloudsGathering puts into all of their videos. Amazingly talented at relating world events to a larger geopolitical agenda, I’m confident that whenever you start following StormCloudsGathering you’ll have a new found appreciation for the label ‘conspiracy theorist‘… What ‘theory‘? SCG strategically uses sources only from the mainstream media for maximum credibility. Why has ‘critical thinking‘ been demonized?



Ben Swann: A former local Fox anchor in Cincinnati, Ohio with 2 Emmy Awards under his name, Ben Swann has 14 years of experience working as a journalist in broadcast news. In 2012 he was the first journalist in the world to directly interview President Barack Obama about the Constitutionality of his “kill list”. Ben Swann’s independent news outlet is dedicated to restoring power the people by speaking truth to power through media, culture, and technology to empower the voice of the people toward liberty and freedom.



Mint Press News: An independent watchdog journalism organization, Mint Press News provides original reporting, in-depth investigations, and thoughtful analysis of the most pressing topics facing our nation. Their relentless coverage of US foreign policy decisions always digs deep into the influence of special interest groups, big business and lobbying efforts and how they shape policies at home and abroad.



Russell Brand: Last year the corporate media was stunned to discover that famous celebrity Russell Brand had started his own video series called ‘The Trews’ to combat false narratives and educate the public on massive worldwide corruption. He toured the world public speaking in support of his book ‘Revolution’ and made waves in the UK during an interview he dominated with Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman on the BBC. Possessing an elite vocabulary, unmatched confidence, other-worldly debate skills and more than 9 million Twitter followers, Russell has suddenly become a spokesperson for people across the world who have been touched by the global political awakening.




The Intercept: Not long after Edward Snowden’s release of secret NSA documents, journalist Glenn Greenwald launched a new media project called the Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. The outlet is owned by First Look Media, a new project started by Paypal’s co-founder Pierre Omidyar.  Compared to other outlets on this list, the Intercept is technically the ‘most corporate‘, but the content released thus far has been packed full of exclusive data that the Obama administration surely doesn’t want you to read about.




Consortium News: Former AP journalist Robert Parry was one of the reporters who exposed the Iran-Contra scandal for the corporate media in the mid-80s. In 1995, he founded Consortium News as the first investigative news magazine on the Internet. Robert believes the distortion of information is an urgent problem with millions of Americans brainwashed by the waves of disinformation coming from the mainstream media. Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, Consortium News has consistently published fantastic investigative articles into the situation, without the pro-coup US media bias.


Navigating the news – Or how to cut through media lies

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We are swamped with news every single day. We all say that the media lie, but there’s a problem: most events are usually portrayed in a contradictory fashion in different media outlets. So while we have access to a lot of information and we know that a large part, maybe even the majority of the reported news in mainstream media (but also in alternative media), is either wrong or plain propaganda – COINTELPRO – how can we know what’s really going on?

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What Is Change Media University?

CMU is an educational resource for today’s changing media landscape, a online journalism school without the burden of debt or outdated ideas and curriculum.


More reliable sources: (We Are Change, Boiling Frogs Post, The Free Thought Project, Press for Truth21st Century Wire, Cop Block, Jesse Ventura, Truthstream Media, Fifth ColumnRevolution News, RINF, Activist Post, Common DreamsZero Hedge, Next News Network

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In The Age of The Internet Ignorance is a Choice

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

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All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.

Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world.

Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of.  Formal education or not, you’ll find that he or she is a product of continuous self-education.

If you’re interested in learning something new, this article is for you.  Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources I have bookmarked online over the past few years.

Note that some of the sources overlap between various subjects of education.  Therefore, each has been placed under a specific subject based on the majority focus of the source’s content.

Science and Health

MIT OpenCourseWare – MIT OpenCourseWare is a free web-based publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
Tufts OpenCourseWare – Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online.  Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
HowStuffWorks Science – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
Harvard Medical School Open Courseware – The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.
Khan Academy – Over 1200 videos lessons covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, and biology.
Open Yale Courses – Open Yale Courses provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the internet.  The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.
webcast.berkeley – Every semester, UC Berkeley webcasts select courses and events for on-demand viewing via the Internet.  webcast.berkeley course lectures are provided as a study resource for both students and the public.
UC San Diego Podcast Lectures – UCSD’s podcasting service was established for instructional use to benefit our students.  Podcasts are taken down at the end of every quarter (10 weeks Fall-Spring and 5 weeks in the summer).  If you’re enjoying a podcast, be sure to subscribe and download the lectures.  Once the podcast has been taken offline, faculty rarely approve their reposting.
Johns Hopkins OpenCourseWare – The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s OpenCourseWare project provides access to content of the School’s most popular courses. As challenges to the world’s health escalate daily, the School feels a moral imperative to provide equal and open access to information and knowledge about the obstacles to the public’s health and their potential solutions.
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative – No instructors, no credits, no charge.  Use these self-guiding Carnegie Mellon materials and activities to learn at your own pace.
Utah State OpenCourseWare – Utah State OpenCourseWare is a collection of educational material used in our formal campus courses, and seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities.
AMSER – AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.
Wolfram Demonstrations Project – Wolfram brings computational exploration to the widest possible audience, open-code resource that uses dynamic computation to illuminate concepts.  Free player runs all demos and videos.
The Science Forum – A very active scientific discussion and debate forum.
Free Science and Video Lectures Online! – A nice collection of video lectures and lessons on science and philosophy. – searches over 42 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
The National Science Digital Library – NSDL is the Nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
EnviroLink Network–  A  non-profit organization, grassroots online community uniting organizations and volunteers around the world.  Up-to-date environmental information and news. – Information about geology and earth science to visitors without charge: Articles, News, Maps, Satellite Images, Dictionary, etc.
Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms.  The site also expects to expand into other topics of learning and education. – A free open learning community for sharing newer and emerging tools to teach science.

Business and Money

MIT Sloan School of Management – MIT Sloan is a world-class business school long renowned for thought leadership and the ability to successfully partner theory and practice.  This is a subsection of the larger MIT OpenCourseWare site.
Investopedia Financial Investing Tutorials – A plethora of detailed lessons on money management and investing.
U.S. Small Business Administration Training Network – The Small Business Administration has one of the best selections of business courses on the web. Topics include everything from starting a business and business management to government contracting and international trade. Most courses take only 30 minutes to complete.
VideoLectures.NET (Business) – A free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.
My Own Business, Inc. – Offers a free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business. This comprehensive course is split up into 16 sessions covering topics like business plans, accounting, marketing, insurance, e-commerce and international trade.
UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (Business) – Rapidly with the addition of nearly 10 new courses every month. Many of our OCW offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education, with the option to enroll in instructor-led, for-credit courses, related to the OCW content.
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania – The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Center offers more than 80 free business courses online. Kutztown’s courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies and audio streams.
Boston College Front Row (Business) – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.
Financial Management Training Center – The Financial Management Training Center provides several free downloadable business courses for people who need to learn the finer points of financial management. All courses offered can be taken online; courses include full exams as well as evaluation forms for people seeking Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.
The Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA – Free Management Library’s Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA Program is an especially great resource for students wishing to learn more about nonprofit management, but most of the lessons also apply to general business management. Completion of this program will not result in an MBA degree, but enrollment is free and the material is well structured.
Bookboon Free Business e-books – Hundreds of free business books online in PDF format.
TheStreet University – If you’re just starting out as a stock and bond investor or need a refresher’s course, this is the place to learn what you need to know.

History and World Culture

University of Washington’s OpenUW – Explore a variety of learning in several free history-centric online courses from the University of Washington.
Notre Dame OpenCourseWare – Notre Dame OCW is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
Bio’s Best –’s most popular biographies on notable historical figures.
UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (Social Science) – Rapidly with the addition of nearly 10 new courses every month. Many of our OCW offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education, with the option to enroll in instructor-led, for-credit courses, related to the OCW content.
Boston College Front Row (History) – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.
MIT OpenCourseWare (History) – The MIT History Faculty offers about 70 subjects in the areas of Ancient, North American, European, East Asian, and Middle Eastern history.
Wikiversity School of Social Sciences – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
OpenLearn (Arts and Humanities) – The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials.
A Biography of America – A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative of America’s story.
Have Fun with History – A resource for students, educators and all lovers of American History.
The USGenWeb Project – Free genealogy and family history resources online.
MacroHistory and World Report – Tell without illusions or ideological restraints the story of our ancestors, our parents and us.
World History HyperHistory – Navigates through 3000 years of World History with links to important persons and events of world historical importance.
American Digital History – Online American history textbook. An interactive, multimedia history of the United States from the Revolution to the present.


Duke Law Center for the Public Domain – Duke University is counted amongst the best schools in the South. If you’re interested in law, Duke’s open courseware in that subject area can go a long way towards helping you learn more about the justice system.
Intute Law – Provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.
Boston College Front Row (Law) – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.
American University – Offers a selection of podcasts on a number of different law-related subjects. There is even a very interesting podcast on debt relief and the law.
Lewis & Clark Law School – Provides a number of podcast from the law school. Subjects include tax law, business law, environmental law and other areas of law. Interesting and insightful lectures on the law.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law – Offers a number of interesting lectures on different law subjects. These lectures are both podcasts and Web casts. You can look ahead to the coming school year, which already has a number of interesting subjects lined up.
Harvard Law School – Provides a number of Web casts of law lectures, symposia, panels and conferences. A great collection of relevant information and insights on how the law interacts with current events.
Stanford Law – Provides open courseware via iTunes on a variety of law subjects, including the theory of justice, mobile content distribution, gay marriage, judicial review and privacy protection. The tracks are available for free, but you’ll need iTunes. Put the lectures on your iPod or iPhone and listen them anywhere.
MoneyInstructor Business Law – From provides a look at a number of basics in business law. Learn how to define crimes under business law. Worksheets and curriculums are available for teachers. Ordinary folks will find them useful as well.
Wesleyan College Constitutional Law – From North Carolina Wesleyan College offers an overview of the U.S. Constitution and the laws springing from it. Online lectures and class notes are included, which can help you develop a strong understanding of the Constitution and how it forms the basis of our laws.

Computer Science and Engineering

VideoLectures.NET (Computer Science) – A free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.
Wikiversity School of Computer Science and Technology – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
New York State University (US), Computer Science – Hundreds of lectures, tutorials and links to educational material.
Dream.In.Code Tutorials – Lots of computer programming tutorials.
MIT OpenCourseWare (Engineering and Computer Science) – MIT OpenCourseWare is a free web-based publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
Maine University (US), Fogler Guide to Computer Science – An insanely detailed list of computer science resources.  – Free computer, mathematics, technical books and lecture notes.
Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies – A massive collection of bibliographies of scientific literature in computer science, updated weekly from original locations, more than 3 millions of references (mostly to journal articles, conference papers and technical reports), clustered in about 2000 bibliographies.
W3Schools – Web-building tutorials, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP. – This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.
Free computer Tutorials – Free computer courses and tutorials site. All the courses are aimed at complete beginners, so you don’t need experience to get started.
Programmer 101: Teach Yourself How to Code – Several helpful resources for computer programming beginners.
Google Code University – Provides sample course content and tutorials for Computer Science (CS) students and educators on current computing technologies and paradigms.


Oxford University Mathematics OpenCourseWare – Various online mathematics classes provided free by Oxford University.
UMass Boston Mathematics – Various online mathematics classes provided free by UMass Boston.
Whatcom Online Math Center – Various math lessons provided free by Whatcom Community College.
VideoLectures.NET (Mathematics) – A free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.
Wikiversity School of Mathematics – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
AMSER Mathematics – AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use. – is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math.
Intute Mathematics – Provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorized by subject specialists based at UK universities.
Free-Ed College Mathematics – Offers a wide range of free online math courses and study programs.

English and Communications

Open Yale Courses (English) – Open Yale Courses provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the internet.
Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students – These guidelines for engineering writing and scientific writing are designed to help students communicate their technical work.
MIT Writing and Humanistic Studies – The MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies gives students the opportunity to learn the techniques, forms, and traditions of several kinds of writing, from basic expository prose to more advanced forms of non-fictional prose, fiction and poetry, science writing, scientific and technical communication and digital media.
Merriam-Webster Online – In this digital age, your ability to communicate with written English is paramount skill.  And is the perfect resource to improve your English now.
National Novel Writing Month – Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Lifewriting – A complete text of the 9-week writing class a professor taught for years at UCLA.
Guide to Grammar and Writing – Grammar and writing techniques, lessons and quizzes.
Purdue Online Writing Lab – Over 200 free resources including lessons on: writing, research, grammar, and style guides.

Foreign and Sign Languages

BBC Languages – Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
American Sign Language Browser – Teach yourself sign language online.
Livemocha – Start learning a new language online for free.
Learn10 – Gives you a language learning habit that’s hard to kick. 10 new words; everywhere, every day.
One Minute Languages – Learn a new language via podcasts that are updated regularly.
Mango Languages – Over 100 lessons, shown to you in PowerPoint style with interstitial quizzes, to move you through any language without cracking a book.

Multiple Subjects and Miscellaneous

OpenLearn – The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials.  Multiple subjects are covered.
Capilano University OpenCourseWare – The Capilano University OpenCourseWare site is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
University of Southern Queensland’s OpenCourseWare – Provides access to free and open educational resources for faculty members, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
YouTube EDU – Educational videos on YouTube organized by subject matter.
LearnHub Test Prep – Raise your test scores with free practice tests & counseling on various subjects.
iTunes U – Hundreds of universities — including Stanford, Yale and MIT — distribute lectures, slide shows, PDFs, films, exhibit tours and audio books through iTunes U.  The Science section alone contains content on topics including agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology and geography.
United Nations University OpenCourseWare – Showcases the training and educational programs implemented by the University in a wide range of areas relevant to the work of the United Nations.
Brigham Young Independent Study – BYU Independent Study now offers free courses in different areas of study.  These areas include Family History, Family Life, and Religious Scripture Study, Personal Dev elopement, etc.  Use these courses as a starting point for your personal studies or just to add insight to an area of interest.
University of Utah OpenCourseWare – Provides access to free and open educational resources for faculty members, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
United States Nation Archives – The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper.  Valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.
Wikiversity – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare – Various online classes provided free by UMass Boston.
About U – A collection of free online educational courses from
Academic Earth – Online degrees and video courses from leading universities.
Free-Ed – Clusters of courses that support your preparation for today’s fastest-growing careers and critical academic disciplines.
Connexions – A place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute.
TED – Motivational and educational lectures from noteworthy professionals around the world.
Intute – Provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.
Boston College Front Row – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.

Free Books and Reading Recommendations

LibraryThing – LibraryThing connects you to other people who are reading what you’re reading and allows you to see which books are popular in various categories of reading.
Textbook Revolution – Links to free online textbooks and other educational materials.
Book TV – This is the companion site to Book TV on C-Span2. The site holds some current interviews with authors, many past interviews, opinions, reviews, and featured programs through online video.
Bookboon – Bookboon provides online textbooks for students in PDF format. The free ebooks can be downloaded without registration. Our books are legal and written exclusively for Bookboon. They are financed by a few in-book ads.
Scribd – Scribd, the online document sharing site which supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and other popular formats. You can download a document or embed it in your blog or web page.
BookYards – BookYards is a web portal in which books, education materials, information, and content will be freely to anyone who has an internet connection.
Planet eBook – Free classic literature to download and share.
E-Books Directory – Thousands of ebooks on various subjects to download and share.
Read Print Library – Free online books library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.GoodReads – Get great book recommendations and keep track of what you want to read.
The Online Books Page – University of Pennsylvania database with over 30,000 books.
Public Literature – Thousands of familiar classics, children’s books, plays and poems, as well as books by new authors.
Full Books – Thousands of full-text nonfiction and fiction books.
Many Books – Free fiction and nonfiction ebooks for your PDA, iPod or ebook reader.
Get Free Books – Thousands of free ebooks to download.
Project Gutenberg – More than 20,000 free books from the first producer of free e-books.
Bibliomania – Thousands of classic books, poems, short stories and plays.
Classic Reader – Large collection of free classic books, plays, and short stories from more than 300 authors.
Bartleby Fiction – Classic anthologies and volumes.
The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List – MBA programs don’t have a monopoly on advanced business knowledge: you can teach yourself everything you need to know to succeed in life and at work.  The Personal MBA features the very best business books available, based on thousands of hours of research.
Books Should Be Free – Free audio books from the public domain.

Educational Mainstream Broadcast Media

BBC Learning – Online learning, support, and advice. This site offers internal and offsite links to a vast amount of materials.
Biography – The site holds videos to past interviews and biographies on people in topics that range from Black history to women’s history.
Book TV – This is the companion site to Book TV on C-Span2. The site holds some current interviews with authors, many past interviews, opinions, reviews, and featured programs through online video.
CBC Archives — Relive Canadian history through thousands of available radio and television clips.
Discovery — This channel is home to several different networks that focus on the military, animals, travel, etc. The Discovery site offers a “Video of the Day” from its home page, a separate online video section, and a Discover Education center where teachers can accumulate materials for K-12 teaching. It’s impossible to list all their offerings here, so go discover!
History Channel – Visit the Video Gallery for a selection on historical topics. Like the Discovery Channel, this network provides many opportunities for you to gain access to information and reference materials.
NOVA — Watch current science shows or browse by category. PBS sponsors this channel.
Research Channel — Speakers, researchers and professors present revolutionary thoughts and discoveries. Use their Webstreams and an extensive video-on-demand library for research.
Weather Channel – You can learn about weather all over the world, but the Weather Channel also offers dynamic content based upon seasons and special conditions and a special multimedia and education section.

Online Archives

American Memory – The Library of Congress provides extensive multimedia offerings on various topics through their American Memory Collection, including their outstanding Built in America project that showcases historical buildings through photographs.
Fathom – This archive, provided by Columbia University, offers access to the complete range of free content developed for Fathom by its member institutions. The archives include online learning resources including lectures, articles, interviews, exhibits and seminars.
Internet Archive Open Educational Resources – A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
National Archives – Provides primary source materials from NARA along with lesson plans for teaching with those sources.
National Climatic Data Center – The NCDC, a division of NOAA, maintains climatic archives, including lists of storms in given counties, and records about global extremes, etc.
The Rosetta Project – A global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers building a publicly accessible online archive of all documented human languages.
September 11 Digital Archive – This site uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of the 9/11 attacks.
U.S. Census Bureau – If you think the Census Bureau is all about numbers, you might be surprised to learn about their archived photographs, daily radio features, and more available through theirNewsroom.

Directories of Open Education

Google Scholar – Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
OpenCourseWare Consortium – This site provides a portal to search through hundreds of free courses or to add new courses you know about to the database.
iBerry – Check out this site for a huge directory of open courseware organized by school and subject matter that can point you in the right direction for any type of learning.
Self Made Scholar Directory – Free online directory of web-based classes and courses.

Please add to the resource list via the comments section if you know of a valuable site we left off the list.

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Smiles, Laughs Giggles and Grins, local complicity

Dirty Buisness

Local legislators and media personalities across the country, are helping to devalue and degrade the average Americans quality of life. From coast to coast they’re working with corporate interest to with hold water and pensions in Detroit, refuse the grid to innovative solar energy producing homes from California and Arizona clear to the east coast, and who knows what else they’re working against us on.

NBC Anchor Brian Williams Cops to Fibbing About Iraq War Story

For years, Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC Nightly News, has claimed to have been aboard a military helicopter that was forced to land after being hit with an RPG during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He’s now copping to the fact that the story is not true.  Source: NBC Anchor Brian Williams Cops to Fibbing About Iraq War Story

 CBS Philadelphia Recalls Clinton Sniper Fire Lie

Published on Feb 5, 2015

On CBS Philadelphia on February 5, 2015, radio host Chris Stigall plays former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s retelling of Hillary Clinton’s phony sniper fire story from the 2008 presidential campaign

 Lies, and more lies coupled with corruption, from top down throughout US government.

Recently I’ve made it a point to catch and keep up with my local media. When I think of the local media today, I think of a down home, more caring version of the corrupt corporate media, just a tad bit truer than what we get as a nation or globally. What I would expect, I guess from the local media personalities, that not only have to live here, with the locals they smile, giggle and grin at everyday over, police brutality, roads, tragic, failing infrastructure, resource allocation, climate what if’s, as well as economic plans, schemes and much, much more. I mean they live here, they actually complicit with their own demise, as they spew out, faulty, filtered, garbage news bits, gauging questions and advertisement from start to finish.

Just yesterday they ran this article titled ‘Philadelphia City Council Candidate Hijacks Domain Names To Steer Voters From His Opponent’ with, what I gathered to be a population gauging question, ‘Is this ok?’ basically trying to access the populations moral compose. the story went as such, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s, Democratic Primary challenger, Ori Feibush, bought the domain names representing the councilman.

So, when you type in, .org or .net, you will be redirected to Feibush’s campaign page.

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Quoting CBS “

Councilman Johnson says he isn’t bothered by the political tactic. He is taking the high road.

“I run a clean campaign. This is about the issues that matter to voters. That’s not the type of campaign that we operate.”

His campaign website is

“Hopefully folks will be able to go and find more information my platform and how I will move 2nd council district and city of Philadelphia forward.”

Eyewitness News went to Feibush’s campaign office, but he was not available for an interview.

This is the real estate developer’s first time running for a political office.

His campaign manager did give a statement, saying in part: “Our decision to redirect domain names associated with Councilman Johnson  to was a simple measure to let voters know that there is a better option to represent their voice.”

Political expert Bill Rosenburg says, “If you think about campaign and dirty tricks this is nothing really new.”

Rosenburg is a political science professor at Drexel University.

He says there is nothing illegal about cyber squatting someone’s name, but it could backfire against Feibush.

“You have to make a determination about doing little tactics like this, whether that is a serious enough person to represent people in council.”

Rosenburg’s advice for future politicians,”You should go out and buy all your .com’s, .net’s, the dot-everything to protect your brand.”  — Source & video:

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My first thought was this is fraud, another young criminal trying to find his way home into politics’s, and I was right. I don’t know if it’s considered fraud to anyone else but it’s damn sure fraud to me. Where we should be electing people with integrity to serve folks and denouncing Ayn Rand type greedy selfish philosophies from government, our local media is gauging how much malfeasance we will allow for. I mean there was no other reason for CBS to ask the question, we all know the answer to it, it’s foul, border line fraud, a definite lack of honor and integrity.

Needless to say that if, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who happens to be considered black, had done the same thing to his challenger, Ori Feibush, who happens to be considered white, the question would not have even been asked. Hell, the title would have changed, to ‘Councilman commits fraud, lacks integrity,’ I almost have to think, that the real question being asked here was, if it’s ok for a white candidate to defraud a black incumbent in the year 2015, and I guess we will see.

My point is common to most of us, that after a few days of keeping up with my local media, it’s obvious that they are not a kinder, more caring version of the criminal corporate mega entertainment cabals, posing as news or free press outlets. The talking head personalities, being propped up in front of teleprompters to smile, laugh, giggle and grin the elite’s message of ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy.’ go on back to sleep, we got this till your end, are worst then those who spew their polarizing charms worldwide. If not worse, at least very much the same. The difference being only of the illusion, that they care for at least the region they reside in, what’s going on in it, how, and why. They don’t deserve our communities allegiance or admiration, instead a good ousting and our stern amount of disdain.

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That being said we don’t only have a utterly corrupted media, local or otherwise, we have a totally corrupted 2 party 1 agenda political system nationally as well as locally to complement, and sustain it.

Do you recall what the NJ Borough of Helmetta Police Department Special Police Officer Richard Recine said on film.

You know, the trickle-Down Tyranny statement, “Obama has decimated the friggin Constitution, so I don’t give a damn. ’Cause if he doesn’t follow the Constitution, we don’t have to.”  I’ll drop the video down below and press on through my point.

The Helmetta, borough council promised an investigation but instead of doing that, or in spite of that,

the borough council decided to propose an ordinance to ban people from taking photographs and videos inside public buildings, with certain exclusions. This act of safe guarding the state, decimates the rights of the people to know and act on what is known. This is what renders the people powerless in their own governance.

After cop’s viral Obama rant, town seeks ban on videos

Under the proposed ordinance, a permit would have to be secured and approved by the borough before any photographs or videos could be taken on the interior of any public building. The proposed ordinance does not apply to the taking of pictures and videos at any meetings which are held in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

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Is this what America has become? So called authority figures, from police officers to government officials, who hold offices and positions in which they are supposed to serve the public, instead blatantly state that the obvious, that they will do whatever they want and could care less about a Constitution? Should we expect and except local lawlessness from the very agencies who are supposed to uphold and safe guard the law?

Well I do not consent and withdraw participation. I’ll find other ways to co-operate with my fellow Americans.

I do very much suggest Cooperatives and Voluntarism, will link.

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NJ Cop — If Obama doesn’t Follow Constitution, we don’t have to Follow Constitution

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Doomsday Clock Wake Up! 3 Minutes to Midnight

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Doomsday Clock Set at 3 Minutes to Midnight

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Published on Jan 22, 2015

Officials from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have announced that they have downgraded the world’s prospects by two minutes, placing it three minutes to the apocalyptic midnight, due to worsening global climates and the failure to reduce nuclear weapons.

Stewards of the symbolic Doomsday Clock are ringing the alarm about rising world threats.

A survey of trends by the publication Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has placed the current time as three minutes to midnight, a time-based representation of the apocalypse.

This two-minute gain was primarily precipitated by the group’s dismay at seemingly unfettered climate change and global nuclear weaponization.

Publication officials also called out the United States and Russia for lackluster efforts in reducing their nuclear weapons supplies just as other countries like India and Israel are working to improve theirs.

The last adjustment to the clock occurred in 2012 when it gained one minute due to similar reasons along with the outbreak of H5N1 flu.

Two minutes is the closest it has been to midnight, which happened in 1953 after the hydrogen bomb was tested.

The end of the Cold War in 1991 reflected the most optimistic time, at 17 minutes away from midnight.

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 by University of Chicago scientists who were involved in the development of the nuclear bomb and has been maintained by the Bulletin since then.

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Have You Signed The Social Contract?

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The Truth about The Social Contract

How many people do we have to reach? The magic number needed to enact significant social change is 10% according to social psychology research. That means we have a short window to head off any further centralization of power worldwide.

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The social contract is a concept that liberals and conservatives
interpret as very different things. Those who consider themselves liberals tend to use
the term in a positive sense,
to encompass ideals of social responsibility and social justice,
both of which are loaded terms in their own right. Conservative tend to interpret
the social contract as an extension of collectivism, therefore viewed as an
invalid training construct.
Most of the time this debate doesn’t go far beyond these two multiple choice options,
that’s unfortunate because this is a false dichotomy, there are more than two ways
of looking at this.
Like it or not, the way we can see the social contract or the lack thereof
has a massive influence on the way society is organized. So it’s in our best
interest to reexamine our assumptions on the topic.
So, what is a social contract, short answer is that the social contract is a set of
expectations established by a group and forced on it’s members.
The term was first popularized by the French philosopher jean-jacques Rousseau,
during the Enlightenment period Rizzo’s concept of the social contract was
unapologetically collectivism by force. People claim that individuals should
merge their rights and there will, to society at large, for the greater good and that those who do not bend to
the will of the majority, should be forced to submit.
Rarely are modern proponents of the social contract as honest as this,
but in practice nothing’s really has changed. In modern times a majority,
or more accurately, the elected officials a majority, wish to establish public
programs and need to fund those programs, it is generally understood
that this will be made possible through taxation.
Of course people who buy into this line of thinking promote the idea that people
should happily pay taxes, after all it is our duty, there’s that social contract that we’re all a
part of but the unspoken reality here is, that those who aren’t enthusiastic
volunteers, will be forced to pay. If you refuse to you’ll have your property confiscated
and/or be drawn into a cage for a decade or two, no big deal right.
Now the current way that most people frame this debate is a false dichotomy,
because though, the political right does not acknowledge it, the fact of the matter is that
they have their own versions of the social contract and philosophically it’s identical at its core.
The majority in the political right, supports forced taxation, they just have a different concept
of where the stolen money should be spent. They also support collectivism by force in the
form of the legislative executive and judicial systems, so they don’t generally see it as such.
The problem here is that people are not being honest about the implications
of their politics. The social contract as it is right now is a set of rules imposed by force
upon people were given no choice to opt out.
Those rules change constantly, because new laws are being written all the time.
It is assumed that if you’re born within a specific country, the government ruling
that geographical region has the right to impose requirements restrictions on
your life.
We’re talking about force taxation, compulsory schooling, registering for
military draft, mandatory vaccinations,
the underlining issues are still the same, the method serves to refer to the Constitution as
the point of reference for the assumption that this changes the dynamic,
it really doesn’t, the constitution is often referred to as a document designed to
restrict government.
What most people overlook, is the fact that the constitution, was first and foremost
used to create government with the understanding that this government would
have power over the citizens.
But did the people who wrote the Constitution
have the right to give the government that power? In order for the contract to be
valid, those who it claims to bind, must agree to it in full awareness of the terms.
In other words, there must be informed consent, any contract that fails to meet these
conditions is invalid and  therefore has no real or legitimate powers, even if that contract is
well written, and noble in it’s intentions.
 group of men two hundred years ago, sitting down and writing doc,
can not hand power to the government today, cease your property by force or put you in
jail for smoking a joint,
regulate how you build your house, obviously these kinds of laws were not
the original intention of the founders,
the federal government itself owes it’s existence to the Constitution.
In fact this was the explicit reason why the Constitution was created
your replace the Articles of Confederation, which was much more decentralized in
So even though the federal government is clearly abusing its power, it’s claims of
legitimacy of rooted in the Constitution.
So it is extremely important to question whether that claim is valid.
Some use vague notions of democracy to try to get around this issue, but this really
doesn’t hold up.
If eleven people are in a room and 10 people vote to take the eleventh persons wallet and
distribute it’s contents is this valid ? If not then why would be valid on a larger
Even if 100 percent of the population view the electoral process as legitimate
participating, which is clearly not the case, still wouldn’t change the
underlying morality theft is theft,  regardless of how popular it is.
Now on the other side to this, all societies gravitate towards rules.
Humans tend to want structure, they want violent crime to be dealt with consistently
and justly, they want certain activities like child slavery
and child pornography to be prohibited.
Most people don’t want their neighbor to be dumping poisons into the ground seeping
into the water.
This tendency to want to establish societal norms will manifest
whether you like it or not and regardless of whether you see deep
philosophical problems with it or not.
Be honest there are philosophical Problems here but in practical terms we have
to deal with people as they are,
and not as we wish they would be, there for the question is really how this tendency
will manifest in how we deal with it.
In the current paradigm, both the political left and the political
right endorse collectivism by force without informed consent.
So what would be the alternative how can we address this tendency towards societal
rules with out degrading back into what we have now?
Say a group of people establish a club, and with it
a set rules and they open up membership to the public if the rules are clear and
membership is voluntary,
then this would be a valid arrangement, as long as the members can choose to walk away at any
If we were to talk about this on a societal level membership would be
Of course this implies a citizenship and the duties and/or protections that may
come with it
cannot be imposed upon a child and then assumed to be valid to that person’s adulthood.
Citizenship must be conscious choice made in full awareness of the terms.
Parents can not make that decision for their children, at least not for their whole lives,
nor would it be a legitimate from this perspective, to have a gavel of so-called
lawmakers writing new laws willy nilly, writing new laws changes the terms of the
Changing the terms of the contract inherently invalidate that contract,
unless people voluntarily sign on to the new terms. Now this is a
radically different way of looking at human societies and it is not something
that could just be superimposed over current system.
In fact fully coming to terms with it’s implications will inherently break the
current system.
Because with it comes the realization, that the government is operating on a invalid
contact, and their so called authority is little more than a self-serving fantasy.
Once you see that, why would you obey them. In the early stages you may give in to fear
their enforces,  but when the enforcers begin to wake up,  it’s over.
This whole topic may seem to you to be like a
pointless philosophical exercise, but consider for a moment where we’re headed
as a society today.
All empires fall and the United States is on its deathbed
the entire planet is going to be destabilizing when this comes down,
many nations will crash’
How are we going to rebuild,
are we going to blindly recreate the current system from the same flawed paradigm
or worse, do it on a global scale, or will we learn from our mistakes.
if you care about the world we are passing on to our children, its worth thinking deeply
about this right now.

Creative Destruction – Directing Democracy:


My Case For Direct Democracy

My thoughts are, if we can get behind one sound, decent idea, we can’t be stopped !

My freedom loving, anarchical heart, makes the case for Direct Democracy, because it’s an achievable transition to self governance and a means to decentralize the present power base. Ultimately we are all self governed, when we come together in congregation for whatever reasoning, outside of special circumstances, it is natural that the majority rules, try stopping them. Those special circumstances, involving choice and cases of life and death need a voluntarist type touch, and should at some point be afforded just that, but we will by no means reach a state of voluntarism, while being ruled over by .1 percent.

First off, I’ll say we are practicing a worldwide Direct Democracy, all day everyday online through our likes and dislikes, comments and lack there of. Keep it real, they’re listening, watching and collecting the data that is your direct response to their actions or lack there of.  When you speak up, even their stock markets respond.  Imagine what a concrete model could create ?

Direct Democracy promises to eliminate corruption, dismantle the two-party system, and return power to the people!

When the people have the power, we can direct our governance, education, quality of our lives as we aspire. Today the two parties act as one, for the benefit of the corporate model, behind a smoke screen of polarizing dissent. Radical change under the two party monopoly was electing Obama, our first black president. The new radical change, will be electing our first woman, Hillary of course and if there is not enough support for her, we will be thrown the bone of Rand Paul and an Audit of the FED. Rand is not his father and I wouldn’t trust the auditors of the FED. So, I reject our unseen plutocracies rigged radical change, as more of the same manipulative madness. I instead propose a change in the broken, obsolete system, that is so corrupted, that it has even legislated itself the right to lie, to it’s American constituency and called it spin. What more reason would I need to deduct, that We the People, need get the middle man and his infinite financing out of government.

Today we are governed, not by consent, but ruled by the assumption of consent and out right force or fear of force. An informed public is needed for Democracy to flourish and break loose from this fraudulent grip of fear. I propose that we inform each other and take the reigns of our own futures and generations to come, by excluding the middleman structured in our governance.

I could go on and on, but would rather you checked the video and did your own research, discerning and thinking for yourself.

Direct Democracy Party Info

How technology can enable everyday democracy :

Ben Knight is part of a cooperative social enterprise building Loomio, an online tool for collaborative decision-making being used by thousands of people in more than 20 countries. Ben will be picking through ideas around how technology can enable everyday democracy.

Creative Destruction or Destructive Creation

Very simply put, united we can shape a better quality of existence for all, by coming together and directing or spending. The like minded spending together, to direct and fashion the growth of our society and a better quality of life for all.

As we find ourselves once again, in another cycle of destruction, fostered, and manufactured out of the malfeasance or careful planning of a very few, I’m suggesting we hijack from that very few’s destruction, the creation of a new value system and thus the motivation and shape of the new reality an actually civil-civilization, just by changing what and how we value.

I link to a 30 sec video, ‘PREVIEW: Moving Your Money’ via Michael Shuman, an article from ‘Innovate Excellence, called ‘Creative Destruction or Destructive Creation?’ and a corbettreport video named ‘Millionaires for Carbon Control!’

My expressed purpose being to remind you that we, the like minded can Re-hijack, Re-occupy and stop the very few elite from dictating the quality of life achieved and afforded to us and our generations to come.

Moving Your Money

How many people do we have to reach? The magic number needed to enact significant social change according to social psychology research is 10% . That means we have a short window to head off any further centralization of power worldwide.

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Ethos Time to Unslave Humanity

Creation Destruction

Creative Destruction or Destructive Creation?

Creative Destruction or Destructive Creation?We have been entering some perilous times recently and I can’t imagine when Joseph Schrumpter outlined his groundbreaking efforts for explaining “creative destruction” he or anyone else, could image this being flipped around to what we are facing more today, that of “destructive creation”.

Schrumpeter saw “creative destruction” as the renewing, through new innovation, society’s dynamics that would lead into higher levels of economic development and welfare. At the same time recognizing that this destroyed a few of the incumbents to the benefits of many more newcomers and increasing value creation for broader society.

Today it seems we are caught in the reverse of this- the process of “destructive creation”- where it benefits a few rather than the many. This sets out often to destroy or greatly diminish the usage value of existing products and services before it is optimal to actually do so, and in the process incurring often significant costs not taken into account at the time. These unforeseen issues have consequences that negatively affect parts of society not foreseen or contemplated at the time.

The shift has placed the emphasis on the role of destruction rather than creation in driving innovation activity. This is getting uncomfortable, innovation then becomes not so good for you perhaps? This is becoming the game for a few to make money, to corner markets, to dominate and wanting to achieve monopolistic positions and not so worried over the wealth creation aspects of creating jobs, building communities, cherishing certain values. We need to be on guard in understanding the fundamentals within innovation as it should advance for the good of society, not be actually working to its detriment. Actually who is benefiting from the distribution of new wealth? The developed world is seeking desperately ways to regain growth but it needs to be more equitable, not in the hands of a few that determine our choices but increasingly seem unaccountable for their actions.

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Millionaires for Carbon Control! – #NewWorldNextWeek

Published on Jan 22, 2015

Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news.

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Solutions: Guerrilla Gardening

The problems are obvious: food safety scandals, the death of family farming, food supply insecurity, the revolving door between corporate lobbyists and government regulators, and many more. The soluion should be equally obvious: rolling up our sleeves and getting in the garden. Join us today as we explore this simple, natural solution to one of our most fundamental problems.

Bonus Material >> START HERE, Best-Kept Secret:

Philly Mesh Net intro:

Meshnet: A decentralized peer-to-peer network, with user-controlled physical links. Usually wireless.

Internet Age and Ignorance

Arguing for Faster Internet, Obama Goes to Bat for Municipal Broadband

President says “enough is enough” when it comes to the large telecom companies blocking cities from starting their own, locally-controlled networks

In what advocates of locally-owned and operated broadband networks are calling “a great moment for the principle of local self-reliance,” President Obama has announced his intention to fight back against efforts by the telecommunications industry to block the building or improvement of municipal internet networks.

“These prohibitions on municipal broadband were passed lightning-fast through state legislatures with tons of AT&T and cable company money behind them and they are blatantly anti-public.” —Holmes Wilson, Fight for the FutureCiting places like Cedar Falls in Iowa, Tennessee’s Chattanooga, and Lafayette, Louisiana—cities “which have Internet speeds nearly 100 times faster than the national average and deliver it at an affordable price”—Obama said it is time to end corporate opposition to the initiatives that have made such powerful and more democratically-controlled networks possible.

“In too many places across America, some big companies are doing everything they can to keep out competitors,” Obama said in a video statement. “Today I am saying we are going to change that. Enough is enough.”


Alongside his announcement, the White House presented a fact sheet outlining the municipal broadband initiative and a new report (pdf) authored by the National Economic Council and Council of Economic Advisers which examines the success stories of “community-based broadband” projects. As part of the administration’s effort, a specific focus will be placed on making it easier for municipalities that want to build their own networks to do so. According to the fact sheet:

Laws in 19 states — some specifically written by special interests trying to stifle new competitors — have held back broadband access and, with it, economic opportunity. Today, President Obama is announcing a new effort to support local choice in broadband, formally opposing measures that limit the range of options available to communities to spur expanded local broadband infrastructure, including ownership of networks. As a first step, the Administration is filing a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to join this effort by addressing barriers inhibiting local communities from responding to the broadband needs of their citizens.

Rebecca Toewes, a communication specialist with the Institute for Local-Self Reliance (ILSR), which has been among the nation’s strongest advocates of municipal broadband, reacted with welcome surprise to the president’s announcement and called it “a great moment for the principle of local self-reliance.” In a post on the Community Broadband Networks website, an ISLR project which focuses on the issue, Toewes wrote:

When we started to hear rumors that the White House was investigating community owned networks, we were excited but not sure what to expect. I have to admit that seeing President Obama – the President of the United States – saying that Cedar Falls was smart to invest in themselves was much more powerful than I ever expected.

The efforts of so many people to legitimize community networks are now paying off. Belittled by the big cable companies and their paid experts, we certainly were not destined to reach this point. But we are here – and everyone now recognizes that local governments can play an important role in ensuring we all have great Internet access.

In an interview with Guardian, Holmes Wilson, co-director of the nonprofit digital rights advocacy group Fight for the Future, said Obama’s broadband rollout is a “a wonderful and obvious step” towards a better internet for U.S. residents.

“These prohibitions on municipal broadband were passed lightning-fast through state legislatures with tons of AT&T and cable company money behind them and they are blatantly anti-public,” Wilson said. “If the town wants to get together and try to do better than the local internet provider, why on earth would you want to stop that?”

Curious about what a “municipal broadband network” is or why they are seen as so important by some? This video, produced by the ‘Decide Locally‘ campaign, explains:

The Guardian adds:

Along with this proposal, Obama is calling for a removal of all “unnecessary regulatory and policy barriers to broadband build-out,” according to a White House outline. A coalition of government agencies would attempt to speed up the implementation of these programs, though how much power such an entity would actually have is unclear.

Obama is also calling for a national broadband summit in June, where community leaders would discuss the best practices for enabling fast broadband in cities. But a looming vote on net neutrality rules expected in late February could change that discussion. In early November, Obama announced that he strongly opposed efforts by telecoms companies to get online “fast lanes” for customers that pay more for internet. FCC watchers expect a vote to fall somewhere between, in an effort to keep telecom lobbyists at bay while offering an olive branch to open-internet advocates

“We desperately need a net neutrality rule that says: if you are an internet provider, you have to treat all content equally,” said Fight for the Future’s Wilson. “Otherwise we are going to get local internet providers, local monopolies, using their market power to distort what people can do and say online and extract more money from customers.”


Get Involved

Who We Are

At Philly Mesh, we are interested in infrastructure. Whatever your reason for wanting to get involved with mesh networks or your background in the subject, Philly Mesh may serve as a place for like-minded individuals to come together and build.

What We Need

  • People with a desire to host/install a physical node

  • People with Linux/networking knowledge

  • People in tall buildings willing to install a node and provide wireless access and/or point-to-point connection with other nodes

  • Hardware, whether it be donated old wireless routers, WAPs, antennas, or plug computers.

How to Get Started

Where Else to Find Us

If you know of any more resources in helping us build our mesh network in Philadelphia, please reach out through a communication method above.

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… the arrogation and appropriation of, among other things, our personal information, the violations of our privacy by intelligence agencies, and subsequently, (self)censorship by some …

… the internet works great for high-bandwidth applications, but is terrible in terms of protecting itself from concerted attacks

We can stay connected, depending as little as possible on commercial providers. Protect our personal data as best as we can, depending as little as possible on governments.

We can build our own community owned, individually controlled, communication infrastructure.

Wireless Community Networks

Wireless community networks or wireless community projects are the organizations that take a grassroots approach to providing a viable alternative to (commercial) municipal wireless networks.

Cluster and mesh approaches are common and rely on the sharing of unmetered residential and business DSL and cable Internet. This may be non-compliant with the Terms of Service (ToS) of local providers. Wireless community networks sometimes advocate complete freedom from censorship, and this position may be at odds with the Acceptable Use Policies of some commercial services used. Some ISPs allow sharing or reselling of bandwidth.

Meshnet: A decentralized peer-to-peer network, with user-controlled physical links. Usually wireless.

PECO and Solar in Philly intro

PECO and Solar Everywhere in Philly intro:

Solar Everywhere Philly

Peco is required to pay net-metering customers the same price for which it sells power. The utility’s price varies each quarter, but it tends to be 9 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour. From 2008 to 2012, it paid almost $196,000.

Peco Energy Co. crossed the wrong customer when it dismissed Mari Jensen’s complaint two years ago.

“I’m told I am like a dog with a bone,” she said.

Jensen lives in Concord Township, Delaware County, with her husband, Arthur. They spent about $30,000 in 2010 to install a rooftop solar system on their Sleighride Road ranch house.

For the last 19 months, the Jensens have fought a surreal David-and-Goliath battle with Peco over the formula the utility uses to pay them and other owners of solar systems for the power they produce and sell to the grid.

“It was absurd,” said Mari Jensen, a retired school bus driver. “The more they kept fighting it, the angrier I got.”

On Thursday, a unanimous Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission agreed with the Jensens and ordered Peco to recalculate its payments over the last five years to solar generators, who are known as net-metering customers

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Solar Installation Guidebook – Solar PV Basics

This section of the guidebook provides an overview of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies and systems. The reader is encouraged to review the Additional Resources listed at the end of this section to delve deeper into many of the topics presented here as well as the glossary (Appendix A) and Frequently Asked Questions (Appendix B).

How Does a PV System Work?

PV systems convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV systems allow homeowners and businesses to generate some or all of their daily electrical energy demand either on their own roof or somewhere on their property.

The majority of solar PV systems are ―grid-tied.‖ This means they remain directly connected to the power grid at all times and do not require battery storage. Grid-tied PV systems will generate electrical power to supply part of a building’s energy usage during the day and provide the greatest benefit during crucial times when the price and demand for electricity is the highest. Figure 2.1 depicts an illustration of a solar PV system interconnected to the grid.

A solar PV system can provide power to a home or business, reducing the amount of power required from the utility; when the solar PV system power generation exceeds the power needs, then the surplus power automatically back feeds into the grid. This arrangement is called ―net metering‖ for which PECO has a special tariff and will install a special utility meter that will essentially record the ―net‖ power coming in from the utility and the surplus power flowing out from the solar PV system.

A solar PV system will not operate during a power outage unless it has battery backup. It ceases to operate during outages as a safety feature for utility personnel who might be working on electric lines trying to restore power (a PV system would energize electric lines that the utility assumes is not energized, and create a shock hazard to personnel).

PV systems can also include battery backup or uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems that can operate selected circuits in a building for hours or days during a utility outage.

The basic building block of PV technology is the solar “cell”. Multiple PV cells are connected to form a PV ―module,‖ the smallest PV component sold commercially. A PV system connected or “tied” to the utility grid has these components:

  • PV Array: A PV Array is made up of PV modules, which are collections of PV cells. The most common PV module is 5-to-25 square feet in size and weighs about 3-4 lbs/ft2. Modules range in power output from about 10 watts to 300 watts (although higher wattages are available for utility-scale PV applications), with the power density ranging from about 5- to-18 watts per square foot.
  • DC to AC Inverter: This is the device that takes the DC power from the PV array and converts it into standard ac power used by the household appliances.
  • Balance of System equipment (BOS): BOS includes mounting systems and wiring systems used to integrate the solar modules into the structural and electrical systems of the building. The wiring systems include disconnects for the DC and AC sides of the inverter, ground-fault protection, and overcurrent protection devices, junction boxes and possibly circuit combiner boxes. (See Figure 2-2).
  • Metering: While meters indicate home energy usage, metering for a solar installation is used to record and display total electricity generation by the solar PV system and may provide indication of system performance.
  • Batteries (optional) can provide energy storage or backup power in case of a power interruption or outage on the grid. (This guidebook does not cover solar PV systems with battery backup because of their increased complexity compared to grid-tied PV systems, and because they account for less than 5% of all the solar PV systems installed.)

Applications for PV systems are constantly expanding with new uses being identified all the time. In addition to offsetting loads for homeowners as described previously, PV systems also serve facilities such as commercial, educational, industrial, and government buildings. PV technologies are rapidly becoming installed at the utility-scale supplying power for utilities and retail electric providers in multi-megawatt capacities. Read More at source


Pennsylvania Rebates and Incentives Summary

Pennsylvania has a history of innovation and forward-thinking ideas. It was the first state to put its website URL on its license plate. It’s home of the first baseball stadium, built in 1909. The first automobile service station went up in Pittsburgh in 1913. And, in 1946 Philadelphia became home to the first computer. The state is not quite leading the charge on solar the way it has in so many other fields. But it’s not far behind either.

Pennsylvania offers home and business owners as well as non-profits and government properties incentives and rebates for installing alternative energy, including photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind turbines and geothermal systems. In 2008, the state fueled its renewable energy program when Gov. Ed Rendell (D) signed a law creating the commonwealth’s $650 million Alternative Energy Investment Fund. This legislation broadly increased funding for projects of all sizes and included an additional $16 million Alternative Fuels Investment Fund. Large sums are reserved to help home and property owners invest in energy efficiency – $237.5 million. And the state invests another $428.4 million in developing alternative energy and creating green jobs.

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Integrate self-generated power

 Net Metering and Interconnection with PECO

Net metering is a way to capture the energy used and produced by a renewable energy generator located at a home or small business. Homeowners and small business owners who have a solar power system, wind turbine or similar energy generator can use net metering to offset their traditional utility costs. The excess power that is generated enters the general utility grid, and is tracked as negative usage on the meter. Interconnection refers to the technical, contractual, and rates and metering requirements that are settled between the system owner and PECO before the system is connected to the grid.

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Solar, DIY: Two Philadelphia handy men take solar into their own hands

You would think Greg Scott was talking about building bookshelves from a box, not installing a solar array on his roof. “Once you know how to build stuff for a reason, you sort of figure out how to build things,” he explains. Scott, together with his do-it-yourself partner Tom Weissert, thinks we can do it, too.

Scott and Weissert have installed both a solar hot water system, which heats water with solar warmth, and a photovoltaic (PV) array, which converts sunlight into electricity, on Weissert’s house in Narberth, and they are close to installing another PV system at Scott’s house in West Philly.

Scott and Weissert don’t want to stop with their houses; their vision is for a more project-sustainable community model of home PV installation. They’re still hammering out how this would work and are always looking to others for inspiration and help. “I’m not an electrician, I’m not a carpenter,” says Scott. “I want to demystify the process. I’d like to see solar panels on every house in Philadelphia.”

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 Sharing Renewable Energy: Solar Power Co-operatives in the UK

Solar power co-operatives are fast emerging has an innovative way for local communities to gain access to renewable energy generation. Over the last few years, several such initiatives have been successfully launched in the UK — with new schemes opening in a number of cities including London and Bristol. So, how do such schemes work? And what benefits can they provide to local people?


Justin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid