Renaissance Science and Education’s Cult of Fear

Maria Montessori, the molecular biologist Sir C P Snow and the engineer Buckminster Fuller, warned that modern science must be reunited with the Classical Greek life science Humanities in order to prevent the destruction of civilization. They stressed that the obstacle preventing this was an inadequate understanding of the second law of thermodynamics. Fuller balanced that law with his synergetic biological energy derived from the Classical Greek world view. Fullerene fractal logic has now been used to establish a new life science in defiance of the present fixed world view. Fuller considered that the catalyst for avoiding oblivion would be via the Arts. It can be argued that the Western educational system is actually preventing the new balanced understanding of the second law, which Montessori referred to as the greed energy law, by employing a culture of fear, in particular concerning the second law of thermodynamics.Firstly, the existence of a more general culture of fear within the Australian educational system is now a common knowledge concept. Leading up to the June, 2010, removal of the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, allegations of organized greed within the educational system concerning billions of dollars allocated for the construction of school buildings were continually reported by the national newspaper, The Australian. On June 30th a front page story reported that a 14 million dollar task force established to investigate the issue was unlikely to hear complaints about the schools stimulus program from 110 NSW principals. The investigation team could not offer those principals “anonymity” and they were consequently silenced by a “culture of fear”, emanating from the NSW Education department.Secondly, a far more serious aspect of coercion within the Australian educational system was alluded to within a Higher Education article published by The Australian on March 8th 2006, entitled ‘Muzzling of Science’, written by Professor Julian Cribb, Editor of the R&D REVIEW at the University of Technology in Sydney. Professor Cribb wrote “Publish or perish used to be the mantra by which the researcher lived or died. Today, according to an increasing number of eminent scientists in unpopular fields, Australian researchers can do both”. He defined ‘unpopular’ as “any of those fields of science liable to produce evidence unsettling to the fixed world-view held by governments, business, special interest lobbies or that most anonymous and unaccountable of research controllers, the stakeholders”. Professor Cribb explained how reprisals were being enforced, noting that once enacted, it is hard in science to find another job that isn’t in a taxi.The second complaint about a culture of fear within the Australian educational system is directly relevant to the second law of thermodynamics because that law entirely governs the fixed world view controlling university education in Australia. In 1996 the Australian government was taken to task in an Open Letter to the United Nations Secretariat for committing crimes against humanity because of that fact. A several year peer review investigation by the United Nations University Millennium Project, Australasian Node, resulted in a official endorsement of that complaint on September 5th, 2006.The expenditure of 14 million dollars in Australia to investigate general greed allegations within the educational system is a paltry figure compared to the tens of millions of pounds sterling spent in England attempting to discover new technologies from Sir Isaac Newton’s unpublished more profound physics principles to balance the mechanical description of the universe. Newton’s balanced world view was in defiance of the present fixed world view. Classification of the balancing physics principles as a criminal heresy by some people can be considered as part of the fear culture that will not tolerate challenges to the present fixed world view, which is governed by what Montessori called the greed energy law.The growing unsettling evidence supporting numerous challenges to the fixed world view’s understanding of the second law of thermodynamics can be considered to represent an attempt to bridge Sir C P Snow’s widening culture gap between modern entropic science and the negentropic life science of the Classical Greek Humanities. From the evidence presented within this article we might well consider Buckminster Fuller’s consideration justifiable, that it will be up to the artistic creative thinkers of the world to prevent
the unbalanced second law bringing about the destruction of civilization.Copyright (c) Robert Pope 2010

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Unsecured Personal Loans for Bad Credit: The Advantages and Disadvantages

Loan approval is never guaranteed and rarely to be relied upon. Offering no security with the deal can make the chances of approval even less likely, but even when it comes to applying for unsecured personal loans for bad credit, there is always a chance of success.In some cases, bad credit borrowers do not even attempt to submit an application for an unsecured loan deal because they are convinced that rejection is the only result. But it is worth noting that securing loan approval with poor credit scores is not an uncommon outcome.Still, there are definite criteria to meet and several compromises to accept. So, like any other loan, there are advantages and disadvantages to getting an unsecured personal loan. Taking the time to know what they are is always useful for an applicant.Advantages of Unsecured LoansThe biggest advantage to getting an unsecured personal loan for bad credit is the general ease in getting it approved. It might seem strange to say this, but loans provided specifically for bad credit borrowers are usually structured to allow high approval rates.In many cases, no credit checks are carried out and this saves a considerable bit of time when seeking approval with poor credit scores. When credit histories are ignored, approval can be provided in just a few minutes (even seconds) and cash can be secured in just 2 hours.Finally, the unsecured personal loans made available to bad credit borrowers have fixed interest rates. This makes budgeting very simple, greatly enhancing the affordability of the loan in the long run.Disadvantages of Unsecured LoansOf course, amongst the main disadvantages of securing an unsecured personal loan for bad credit management is that the interest rate is usually much higher than normal. This is understandable, since the lack of collateral means the lender is at risk of losing their money. The higher interest rate is designed to lessen the potential losses.Also, the size of the loan is usually quite low, with loan limits restricted in another effort to ensure the smallest possible losses. Often the loans range from just $100 to $1,500, with loans up to $10,000 possible in certain loan deals. Remember, when granting approval with poor credit scores, the lender is accepting all of the risk.When it comes to payday loans, the repayment period is typically extremely short, sometimes just 14 days. In such cases, a small unsecured personal loan is preferable anyway. Larger loans can have terms of 90 days or perhaps 180 days.Getting Loan ApprovalOf course, getting approval for an unsecured personal loan for bad credit is not very easy. But as with all loans, if the criteria are met and the right boxes ticked, then approval is likely. When it comes to a payday loan, a large enough monthly paycheck is required since it is granted against this single factor.Getting approval with poor credit scores on larger loans can be helped by detailing what the purpose of the loan is, and providing details of what it will be spent on. Stating that it is for debt consolidation, for example, can be very helpful since the lender knows the purpose is constructive not frivolous.Still, it all comes down to affordability, and so long as the monthly repayments are available, the green light on an unsecured personal loan is a real possibility.

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The Myth Of Inventory Finance Companies

Your company carries it. You need to finance it. We’re of course talking about inventory. Discussions with clients reveal a lot of misconceptions around inventory financing in Canada. Let’s try and resolve some of those myths around the financing of your inventory, who the players are, who they are not ( that’s the most common myth ) and we’ll also try and provide some straight forward direction on next steps in your inventory financing challenge.The overall quality of your inventory management will play a large part in your ability to finance your products, which are a part of the current assets component of your balance sheet. You cannot overlook the importance that an inventory lender will place on your ability to report and count your products. The reality is that most firms are either carrying a ‘ continuous’ or ‘ ‘periodic’ system of inventory control.So here is solid tip # 1 – be aware that inventory lenders prefer a continuous type of inventory accounting, for all the obvious reasons. Essentially you are counting and monitoring inventory (with the use of software of course!) at all times. That’s a good thing when it comes to a lenders valuation on an ongoing basis and their ability to lend.You’re company is growing. Unfortunately so is your inventory! And that places a huge drain on your cash flow. The working capital cycle dictates that cash turns into inventory which turns into receivables and then we start all over… that lag can be anywhere from 60 – 120 days, sometimes longer. Never underestimate the problem that higher sales will bring to your inventory financing needs.Clients typically are looking for inventory financing because the level of investment that you have in product and receivables drains your cash flow. As sales volumes increase your cash flow decreases based on your overall collection period of A/R and of course those inventory turns.Your sales staff of course never wants to be in a position to tell a customer you don’t have the product they have worked so hard to sell.Does your company have an inventory financing strategy? The majority of firms we talk to in Canada, certainly in the small and medium business sector do not have access to the inventory financing they need. Do true inventory financing companies exist in Canada? We feel that the answer is generally ‘ no ‘, they do not. However if your firm would consider an asset based lending scenario that in effect takes the place of inventory finance companies in Canada.Under an asset based lending strategy your inventory is margined for what its worth, by experts who categorically know what its worth. You will enhance your ability to finance your product if you have the controls, reporting, and inventory accounting system in places that makes the inventory and asset based lender ‘ comfortable ‘.Speak to a trusted, credible, and experienced business financing advisor with regards to inventory financing companies and asset based lenders who will give your product the financing it deserves!

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How to Set Up a Home Computer Network

Many people want to know how to set up a home computer network so that they can benefit from having one link for their computers, external storage devices, printers, gaming consoles, files, telephones and home entertainment systems that have wired or wireless networking capabilities.Network ArchitectureThe first stage is to decide on your network architecture, i.e. the network type: wired, wireless or mixed, the devices you would like include into your network and how they will be connected. Three main aspects to keep in mind are:The network speed
The ease of cabling (for non-wireless devices)
The costThe three most common network types are (1) Ethernet (wired connectivity using special cable), (2) Wireless Ethernet (Wi-Fi) or (3) Phone Line (HPNA). Also, there are networks that use a home electrical wiring for communication. Wireless (Wi-Fi) based network can operate in one of two radio bands – 2.4 or 5 Gigahertz or in both – 2.4 and 5 Gigahertz radio bands on dual-band wireless networks.Ethernet Network SetupIf good speed is your main concern, then Ethernet is a good option. The standard Ethernet router’s speed is 10/100 Mbps (Mega bits per second) and now you can find 1000 Mbps routers. It is also the least expensive of the network types. Once everything is connected, however, all three networks work the same.Each home computer network that has more than two devices (computers and/or peripheral devices) consists of central device – a network router (wired and/or wireless) and a few network adapters – that connect network peripherals such as computers, printers, and storage devices to the network.After choosing right type of network router, the next step is an adapter selection, of which Ethernet has three options – USB, PCI and PC Card. USB adapters plug straight into your computer or any peripheral device with USB port but the USB connection usually has a limit of 54 Mbps. PCI adapters (wired and wireless) less expensive and very fast but are inserted internally so you’ll need to open the computer. PC Cards are for laptops.After this come the cables for connections between the computers. Ethernet cables are of different CAT numbers which are an indication of quality. CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6 are of good quality. Connecting two computes will require a crossover cable. Connecting three or more computers requires an Ethernet Router, Switch or Hub.Next, install the network drives and the network card that came with it on your PC, following the installation procedures instructions. When network drivers are properly installed the link lights for the nub and Ethernet cards come on. Link lights will not come on until everything is properly connected.Determining the number of routers or hubs, cables and adapters you need depends on how many computers and peripheral devices you are linking up. Two computers will require a cross-over cable, two adaptors and one router, hub or switch (optional). Three or more computers require one router, hub or switch plus adapters and cables for each machine. Afterwards you must configure the network and this stage has four main elements and two levels.4 Configuration Elements:NetBEUI
Network Adapter Driver
Microsoft Windows Client
Microsoft Windows File and Print sharing2 Configuration Levels:The first level of configuration is the protocol levels which refers to the language that computers use to ‘talk’ with each other. For basic home networks NetBEUI is a good protocol as it is fast, non-complicated and easy to configure.
The second level of configuration is in regards to how Windows ‘talks’ to other Windows during file and print sharing through the first protocol level. The second level has two parts: ‘Client for Microsoft Windows’ and the ‘File and Printer’ sharing for Windows.After the Network’s SetupOnce the configuration is complete then you move into troubleshooting. This means clicking on the “Network” folder in Windows Explorer to ensure you can see all the other computers on your network. If you get a “network inaccessible” message, try again after a minute or so as it takes a while the first time for the network to completely initialize the router and peripherals. If still it doesn’t work, switch off the router or hub and reboot, then reboot computer, followed by the other computer and all other peripherals (if applicable).

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Fast Food Arts and Sustainability

Remember that day in 10th Grade Government Studies when the teacher asked you to scribble down a name of one of your heroes on a poorly ripped corner of college ruled notebook paper? You quickly had to place this admission of heroic praise within an odd, nondescript shoe-box only to pass it to another student and have them mix their admission (and cooties) with yours? Once this weird offering box of heroic ideology returned back to the teacher, remember how they started listing off the dubious heroes: rock stars recently released from jail, sports stars who thought monogamy was a type of wood, and out of all other things, one dimensional cartoon characters?Suddenly, the teacher looked down at one of the offerings and did the dramatic “surprised double- take”. Silence blanketed the classroom. Students inched forward, as if the piece of paper would have whispered its secret to them. The teacher then announced, “Benjamin Franklin”. Fluctuations of giggles reverberated off of the small “hospital white” classroom walls. With slight admiration, the teacher asked, “Who wrote this?” The students looked quizzically at one another, as if reenacting the Salem Witch Trials. Needless to say, no one took responsibility.Well, after many years of lurking in the shadows, I have to confess… it was me. Though, can you blame me for my choice? The man played a pivotal role within our political system, how we, as a society, communicate (ex. USPS), and gave us a stronger foundation in understanding electricity; to name a few things. He was a true “Renaissance Man”. Yes, he received vast recognition and praise for his work, but what were the reasons behind his many and varied accomplishments? Drive and enthusiasm. Benjamin Franklin had the drive and enthusiasm for all that he did, everything he touched. He was insatiably curious, willing to learn, and strove for advancement. Thanks to him, we had the foundation to build so much of what we have now.Now you have to ask, after three paragraphs, what does this have to do with the arts, and theater to be more specific? Notwithstanding that Franklin pursued many musical endeavors during his life, and the fact that he attended the theater on many occasions, remember those “heroes” my classmates chose? Many of them were just chosen because of their talent but not because of why they became involved in what they did or who they were as people. Well, that reflects the very root of this article: the current situation between Artistic Progression and the trend of Fast Food Arts.My definition of “Fast Food Arts” is as follows: it’s cheap art (though often expensive to the consumer) that briefly satisfies a current entertainment desire, without being nutritious to the consumer or platform it attaches itself to. This art also involves individuals that merely fall into the title of “artist”. These Fast Food Artists have neither the desire to fully comprehend the roots of what they do, nor do they care about its sustainability – thus the relationship becomes parasitic, with the art shriveling and the artists gorging themselves to death. This definition may seem incredibly over-dramatic (what can I say, I’m in theatre) but it holds a very sad truth to it.The absurd rise to fame of these “Reality TV” stars and some of these YouTube sensations have fostered a false sense that art can lead you to success, leaving the art to be a misused tool. For example, people now call themselves actors because they feel it will have a hefty paycheck connected to it. Many don’t care about personal growth while others, who at least make the attempt of taking classes or otherwise improving on their craft, could care less how their acting will positively impact the artistic medium that has given them their opportunities.Now, I have read several articles that rave about “Reality TV” stars and the YouTube sensations, so to clarify: this article is not one of those. I give respect to some of these individuals (to a point) as some have had a very strong business sense that has carried them through. This article is meant for those thinking about or attempting to become an artist, and more specifically, an actor. I certainly understand desires, some that involve a large paycheck, but the arts have never been the best resource for that goal (Google search: salaries of Bio-medical Engineers).And if you are one of these actors receiving a quarter of a million dollars from your last project, wouldn’t you want to give a little back to keep your source of income continuing? This “giving” doesn’t have to be monetary either. You can improve your own acting abilities, so you can better push other actors to step up to the competition. That would create stronger performances all around and far more impressive storytelling, which leads to more interesting projects/productions with longer lasting effects for the audiences. You can push boundaries with creating, promoting, or acting in a piece that isn’t considered mainstream. It may not bring you a huge paycheck, but it would bring a variance that is craved by a small but strong supportive group, it could assist the career of a new writer (and grow your network), and it could push you in a new direction that could then make you more marketable.If you analyze things close enough though, you will see that theatre (as well as any other art or business sector) is an elaborate web where everything is linked in one form or fashion. If you help in nourishing those around you, you will naturally also become stronger. For example, the more you push for the arts, the more opportunities can be created due to an increase in audience potential. And those that truly have a passion for the art will benefit the most, as well as spearhead the growth of something that can help so many others; whether through direct involvement or as voyeurs. It is about supporting the idea that Stanislavsky shared with us over 80 years ago, “Love art in yourself, not yourself in art.”One needs to be willing to be vulnerable, sometimes in front of millions, and to push forward the study as well as comprehension of human nature. If we don’t, what is the purpose of art? We create art in order to connect to emotions, spirituality, social beliefs, creativity, self-comprehension, among so many other facets. But how can someone connect to something hollow unless they are hollow themselves? It is just as odd as those that put out hollow or “Fast Food Art” to say they love the arts. How can you love something when you know nothing about it? It seems ridiculous to love someone, when all you know is their first name or were in the same room together for a brief moment. It also seems absurd to say you are an artist when you have not taken the time to understand the art you say you love, and actually connect it to the ideas that baptize this planet on a daily basis.So then ask yourself, “What can I do?” The first is to see if you are earnestly passionate about the arts. If you are not able to fight for it and you merely want security; follow one of Shakespeare’s most famous stage directions – “Exeunt, pursued by a Bear”. In other-words, run away as quickly as possible. This does not mean you cannot appreciate the arts but being an artist (and an actor to be more specific) requires a certain perseverance and a lot of gambling.If you feel you can handle the unreliability of the arts, then the next thing you should ask yourself is “What is the next step?”. The next step would be to audition and get yourself out there. Start becoming a part of the intricate artistic web and start creating your own connections. With these connections, you may not only have someone willing to get you involved with a future project, but you’ll have many resources to learn and grow from. Take the time to watch someone else’s technique, ask questions, and see how the inner workings of the industry affect you as an artist.

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