Clusters Rather than Regionalism

Research, technology and economic growth comes from cooperation among connected industries more so than competition. A cluster of industrial companies in the same business can join in the quest of international competition.

The problem of regionalism is when Tupelo does not recognize the benefits of surrounding communities to attract the middle class. Tupelo needs to have a different benefit than single family homes on good size lots. The advantage of urban living is not needing an automobile or lawn mower. Many young professionals with intellectual skills have a passion for new ideas and changing the world. When they are saddled with a mortgage or children they can not take the risks needed to make that change come about. The entrepreneurial spirit requires a different kind of thinking rather than what has worked in the past in Tupelo. What will the regional gurus do when the 3D printer replaces manufacturing?

Tupelo needs a mixture of skills with people willing to take risk and donate their time for a part of the action. Such as attorneys willing to be part of a start-up with only stock in the start-up as pay. We have buildings that could be used by start-ups but they have no cash to pay rent. We having landlords that want to flip buildings and make cash. Without a change in the way things get done Tupelo will continue to go down hill. Zoning laws have to be changed as well as regulations. A cluster of star-ups needs new ways of doing business rather than control of a region which the government is doing.

Energy Solutions?

Can we make a better environment by using more different sources of energy? Trucks and cars using natural gas reduce some local air pollution so they have been used in cities where they have natural gas pipelines. The system works by attaching a compressor to the gas line and pumping up a tank in the vehicle. The gas comes from fields that use fracking and pumped all around the country. The road tax is avoided because no one is collecting road tax at the compressor. This in the end, charges those not using natural gas for the road use and environmental damage done by the corporations and users of natural gas for vehicles.

Tupelo Problems Self Made

Companies like Uber are continually confronting entrenched government bureaucracy and resistant unions of taxi drivers and dispatchers.

Tupelo’s public transportation problems for the poor stem from regulations to protect the taxi business in Tupelo. These rules prevent entrepreneurs from competing for low cost rides to where they need to go. Many of the problems related to poverty in Tupelo are directly related to the rich people that control the local economy and government. Real estate, banks, retail, entertainment, manufacturing, etc., all want the highest profit at the expense of using the ignorance they created with the school system.

Political education should start at home and extend into the school environment. We can not let operant conditioning determine the future of Tupelo’s youth.  

Ponzi Scheme

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson illustrates the gap between higher costs, such as pension obligations, and a shrinking tax base …

 

The government ponzi scheme does not save money for the pensions like an individual with a 401K does. The government needs more people to contribute to pay those at the top of the pyramid.

This is also the way Social Security and Medicare work. If an investment firm did this they would be behind bars for the rest of their lives.

Lying an Art?

In today’s world most of the feedback we get is from some entity trying to persuade us to take an action to benefit something they want. Our perceptions of the world come from our senses and feedback of other powers we are supposed to trust.  In the long run it is only our experience and evidence that weed out reality from manipulation.

Many children and adults never learn when people are lying to them or telling them things to manipulated their emotions. Most want their emotions manipulated and do not want reality, they want to feel as it is entertainment.

Just think how the world would be different if everything we perceived was true. The problems would all have clear solutions and there would not be misunderstandings. Would that cut down on poverty and crime?

Error and Chaos

In the world today of so many ‘things’ we have lots of experience with problems with those things. Are we slaves to products we consume? It seems everything is designed to wear out, break, and become obsolete so we have to buy more. The cycle is getting faster and faster of buying things that are put in the trash. Humans normally make mistakes and create a sort of chaos as we are more prone to emotional action than rational planned action.

The education system has reduced actions to multiple choice rather than creative rational  actions needed to deal with everyday issues. Job training reduces thinking to only what is in the job discription rather than an artistic challange which makes life worth while.

Why not live for now and enjoy the changing environment rather than put up with hating the time you are spending making money to buy those toys that cause you grief when they break? Your time is finite try to see the problems as natural art.

Can We Trust the Media?

It seems much of the broadcast media is done for public consumption and entertainment as well as marketing. The spin machines try to adjust public attitudes and they do in a marjority of cases. Throughout history most people depended on verbeal communication because they could not read well or understand complecated situations, that still holds true today.   Many Americans are focused on their own daily lives and have little time to think about broad public issues essential for a working democracy.

The press takes charge and serves up their ready made solutions and tells the citizen all is well just keep working and spending money.

The Myth of Poverty Solutions

Can poverty be ended with technology? Can 7 billion people live middle class lives? Today 3 billion live on less than $2 a day while 16% of the world population uses 75% of the world resources. If the resources were divided evenly throughout the world each family would have $10,000 a year to live on.

With energy we replace manual labor such as manufacturing and farming. All energy use leaves entropy which is waste heat which has an effect on the environment. For example nuclear power plants convert 1/3 of the heat of the nuclear reaction to electricity the other 2/ 3 is exhausted in heat called entropy then when the electric  is used the other 1/3 is converted back to heat. When that heat is in the air it changes the environment and weather.

GMO foods need more care than natural plants such as fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides and irrigation. All this work and resources require more energy. We are using resources faster than the earth can naturally provide. What about recycling? It needs lots of energy also. Energy production today needs lots of water. Just about all the world’s clean water is being used and many countries are trying desalinization plants that need lots of energy and dump lots of toxic pollution. What about solar and wind? It also needs lots of energy to manufacture and maintain as it also changes the environment.

The consumer cycle of working, consuming for desires, competition, planned

obsolescence and energy use are not sustainable when we look at the earth’s ecology and resources.A solution has yet to be found. The earth can not continue to support the current population growth.

Is poverty just only material wealth?

Dansette