RUTH SOUKUP ~ LIVING WELL SPENDING LESS ~ 2014

~ TGLINWWTII-MINE-DYGL ~ The Good Life Is Not What We Think It Is – More Is Never Enough – Define Your Good Life

~ CIAC ~ Contentment Is A Choice

~ KWMM-IIWTDT-WWPRMF? ~ Knowing What Matters Most – If I Were To Die Tomorrow – What Would People Remember Me For?

~ AAOG ~ An Attitude Of Gratitude

~ ET-SFCIASACTSCOTTTCUTS-IMSAFATTTMUFUOLWJDHE ~ Eliminating Temptation – Sometimes Finding Contentment Is As Simple As Choosing To Steer Clear Of The Things That Cause Us To Stumble – It Means Staying Away From All Those Things That Make Us Feel Unworthy Or Like We Just Don’t Have Enough

~ WAHASS-FYSS-WIYP? ~ We All Have A Sweet Spot – Finding Your Sweet Spot – Where Is Your Passion?

~ BWYA-MTMOWYARN ~ Bloom Where You Are – Make The Most Of Where You Are Right Now

~ IOG ~ Identifying Our Gifts

~ WG-CCYL-WTDMTR-A-OTAR-YCIT ~ Written Goals – Can Change Your Life – Writing Them Down Makes Them Real – And – Once They Are Real – You Can’t Ignore Them

~ PYR-BCAYO-GYADD-BDLG-TYP-CA-CYS ~ Planning Your Route – Be Clear About Your Objective – Give Yourself A Due Date – Break Down Large Goals – Track Your Progress – Create Accountability – Celebrate Your Success

~ S-TS-F-L-TG ~ Short-Term Sacrifices – For – Long-Term Gain

~ WAGTS24H ~ We All Get The Same Twenty-Four Hours

~ ETU ~ Eliminating The Unessential

~ LSEMJ ~ Less Stuff Equals More Joy

~ STF-IYTWTLCF-YMSBMS ~ Stop The Flow – If You Truly Want To Live Clutter Free – You Must Stop Buying More Stuff

~ VQOQ ~ Value Quality Over Quantity

~ PYES ~ Purge Your Excess Stuff

~ WNTSLTWTWD ~ We Need To Spend Less Than We Think We Do

~ RTAOL ~ Retail Therapy And Other Lies

~ SIASOM ~ Saving Is A State Of Mind

~ CAB-AST-ARB ~ Creating A Budget – And Sticking To – A Realistic Budget

~ SMOOS-HOA-TIIQSTRHMPEFCB-EOTTWN ~ So Much Of Our Spending – Happens On Autopilot – That It Is Quite Shocking To Realize How Many Possibilities Exist For Cutting Back – Even On Those Things We Need

~ SFTF-SAMFTFINAL;IIAN ~ Saving For The Future – Setting Aside Money For The Future Is Not A Luxury; It Is A Necessity

~STS-S-S-S- ~ Shop The Sales – Stockpile – Stockpile – Stockpile

~ GYO ~ Grow Your Own

~ ACHIAHH ~ A Clean House Is A Happy House

~ TBTILAF ~ The Best Things In Life Are Free

~ NYF ~ Nurturing Your Friendships

~ CC ~ Cultivating Creativity

~ WGMWWG ~ We Get More When We Give

ELIZABETH KOLBERT ~ THE SIXTH EXTINCTION ~ 2014

~ TSE ~ The Sixth Extinction

~ IEIAMT-MEI-W-MS ~ If Extinction Is A Morbid Topic – Mass Extinction Is – Well – Massively So

~ YAPEF-WODMP-ITHAVO ~ Yet Another Possible Explanation For – Why Observations Don’t Match Predictions – Is That Humans Aren’t Very Observant

~ TNP ~ The New Pangea

~ M-BKD ~ Meanwhile – Bats Keep Dying

~ DAGT-F-HP-IIET-TTDS-ABMATWJIBW ~ During Any Given Twenty-Four-Hour Period – It Is Estimated That – Ten Thousand Different Species – Are Being Move Around The World Just In Ballast Water

~ RHPOC ~ Rhinos Have Plenty Of Company

~ CHCBDAS;TCABF-TAA ~ Certainly Humans Can Be Destructive And Shortsighted; They Can Also Be Forward-Thinking And Altruistic

~ IDMMWPCODC-WMITPCTW ~ It Doesn’t Much Matter Whether People Care Or Don’t Care – What Matters Is That People Change The World

~ IAEEOOOM-WHTU ~ In An Extinction Event Of Our Own Making – What Happens To Us?

ANDREW KEEN ~ HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE ~ 2018

~ NE-IS-IPPA:DC/BDM/TIOTOC/JSVB/FN/ASN/MTU/DA/TEROSA ~ Now Everyone – It Seems – Is Penning Polemics Against: Surveillance Capitalism / Big Data Monopolists / The Ignorance Of The Online Crowd / Juvenile Silicon Valley Billionaires / Fake News / Antisocial Social Networks / Mass Technological Unemployment / Digital Addiction / The Existential Risk Of Smart Algorithms

~ IOST-I-SHB-AATADTH-A:I/R/E/C-A-AA-A-EC-WAFTTFCF ~ Instead Of Smart Technology – It’s – Smart Human Begins – Acting As They’ve Always Done Throughout History – As: Innovators / Regulators / Educators / Consumers – And – Above All – As – Engaged Citizens – Who Are Fixing The Twenty-First-Century Future

~ ACIBAC(AC)TD ~ A Culture Infected By A Creeping (And Creepy) Technological Determinism

~ OOHA-OTRTSOOS-IEIWATBAHDF ~ Our Own Human Agency – Our Timeless Responsibility To Shape Our Own Societies – Is Essential If We Are To Build A Habitable Digital Future

~ EIGPUE-U-WH-FTMAL-ANS-NS-A-R-NMS-A-TWWBI-1965 ~ Everything Is Getting Perpetually Upgraded Except Us – We Humans – For The Moment At Least – Are No Speedier – No Smarter – And – Really – No More Self-Aware – Than We Were Back In – 1965

~ TD-AEDCB-HASM-A-AB-TCATROH ~ The Duality – An Ever-Deepening Chasm Between – Humans And Smart Machines – And – Also Between – Tech Companies And The Rest Of Humanity

~ THCODRAQBTCIOODS ~ The Human Costs Of The Digital Revolution Are Quickly Becoming The Central Issue Of Our Digital Society

~ ‘MGI’-AIDTPAMAOESAATOT-DU ~ “Minimum Guaranteed Income” – An Idea Designed To Provide A Minimal Amount Of Economic Security At A Time Of Technology-Driven Unemployment

~ TFPMFFTF:R/CI/SR/WACC/E ~ The Five Perennial Methods For Fixing The Future: Regulation / Competitive Innovation / Social Responsibility / Worker And Consumer Choice / Education

~ TFAITUOP ~ The Future Appears In The Unlikeliest Of Places

~ WABIAWO:RA-E-LOA-I-A-I ~ We Are Back In A World Of: Rampant Addiction – Exploitation – Lack Of Accountability – Irresponsibility – And – Inequality

~ TWAALUTBDSOASEIWWAIW ~ Today We Are All Living Under The Big Data Spotlight Of A Surveillance Economy In Which We Are Incessantly Watched

~ TWHSAIOVCIODM-TISANFOAOMTW-RP-LB-A-S ~ Today We Have Such An Infestation Of Violent Content In Our Digital Media – That It Seems Almost Normal For Online Audiences Of Millions To Watch – Revenge Porn – Live Beheadings – And – Suicides

~ TIR-WWSTEU-IIEU ~ The Internet Revolution – Which Was Supposed To Empower Us – Is Increasingly Enslaving Us

~ TWDAHBIC ~ The Web’s Decentralized Architecture Has Become Intensely Centralized

~ WWDTBA-D-E-A-E-R-AKODC-ITOTB-D-C-U-A-C ~ What Was Designed To Be A – Decentralized – Egalitarian – And – Enlightened – Revolution – A Kind Of Digital Commonwealth – Is Turning Out To Be – Disturbingly – Centralized – Unequal – And – Creepy

~ WWSAROSM-IWWWTSAR-NWENSSITSMP-T-ECE-TSC-FB-HCA-HOM-A-‘PT’-ML-DBFNAOFOOP ~ What We See And Read On Social Media – Is What We Want To See And Read – No Wonder Everything Now Seems So Inevitable To So Many People – This – Echo Chamber Effect – The So-Called – Filter Bubble – Has Created A – Hall Of Mirrors – A – “Post-Truth” – Media Landscape – Dominated By Fake News And Other Forms Of Online Propaganda

~ POTPITTEGOSTATDTTROU ~ Part Of The Problem Is That The Economic Gains Of Smart Technology Aren’t Trickling Down To The Rest Of Us

~ T-I-WIAOCA-A-TAOMOIU-HBTIMFOTNTOWAT ~ The – Internet – With Its Absence Of Curatorial Authority – And – The Anonymity Of Many Of Its Users – Has Become The Ideal Medium For Orchestrating This New Type Of War Against Truth

~ DC ~ Digital Communitarianism

~ TIODPSHBCITCIO-‘NN’-TNTGOPCSBR-UL-TTADOTIE ~ The Inviolability Of Digital Public Space Has Become Captured In The Controversial Idea Of – “Network Neutrality” – The Notion That Governments Or Private Companies Should Be Required – Under Law – To Treat All Data On The Internet Equally

~ T-S-TFOTIIASODMWODERACA ~ The – Splinternet – The Fragmentation Of The Internet Into A Series Of Different Markets Working On Different Economic Rules And Cultural Assumptions

~ GDPR ~ General Data Protection Regulation

~ SWSASPWAPTMPTNN ~ Somebody Will Succeed At Some Point With A Product That Makes Privacy The New Norm

~ DAO ~ Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

~ TDE-WITPO-W-T-A-C-IAABFVCAIIFEE ~ Today’s Digital Economy – With Its Tiny Pool Of – Winner-Take-All – Companies – Is Actually As Bad For Venture Capitalists As It Is For Everyone Else

~ AVPOTH ~ A Valuable Player On Team Human

~ DLD ~ Digital Life Design

~ SUIAGBM-AITIOTHTU-ITBBMED ~ Surveillance Ultimately Isn’t A Good Business Model – And If There Is One Thing History Teaches Us – It’s That Bad Business Models Eventually Die

~ TUWYF-TAS-TU-I-I-BAFPF-TTC ~ Trust Us With You Future – They Are Saying – Trust Us – Is – Indeed – Becoming A Familiar Promise From – The Tech Community

~ CABCA ~ Civic Algorithm By Civic Algorithm

~ WTF ~ Win The Future

~ DMCA-‘NPOUOAICSSBTATPOSOAIPBACP’-TCC ~ Digital Millennium Copyright Act – “No Provider Or User Of An Interactive Computer Service Shall Be Treated As The Publisher Or Speaker Of Any Information Provided By Another Information Content Provider” – The Controversial Clause

~ HPAWCRTBAFTCPOTN-E-MMF-ORAVVAODIC ~ Hugely Powerful And Wealthy Companies Refusing To Be Accountable For The Content Posted On Their Networks – Essentially – Making Money From – Overtly Racist And Violent Videos And Other Disgustingly Inappropriate Content

~ WTWALOR-TM-DBWAAMTMA-O-TW ~ When Threatened With A Loss Of Revenue – These Multibillion-Dollar Businesses Will Act And Make Themselves More Accountable – Otherwise – They Won’t

~ T-‘P’-AGCOIEF-WSOAL ~ The – “Precariat” – A Growing Class Of Impermanently Employed Folks – Who Scrape Out A Living

~ TINAUTTIO-TU ~ There Is Now An Urgency To The Issue Of – Technological Unemployment

~ UBI-‘AOIWMA’ ~ Universal Basic Income – “An Old Idea With Modern Appeal”

~ WAHGF? ~ What Are Humans Good For?

~ TINIWR ~ There Is No Innovation Without Regulation

~ DACMOTF-RACKOTP-TWTHOTN-CIRISIIHUMSOTEDT-FC ~ Designing A Coherent Map Of The Future – Requires A Coherent Knowledge Of The Past – That’s Why The History Of The Nineteenth-Century Industrial Revolution Is So Investiture In Helping Us Make Sense Of The Early Digital Twentieth-First Century

PAUL STREET ~ THEY RULE ~ THE 1% VS. DEMOCRACY

~ T-HG-‘G’-‘ARTLAB’-SRIPAOTFT-AOMSILY-WMSORDALR ~ The – Holy Grail – “Growth” – “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats” – Supposedly Rendering Irrelevant Popular Anger Over The Fact That – An Opulent Minority Sails In Luxurious Yachts – While Millions Struggle On Rickety Dinghies And Leaking Rowboats

~ GLG-BIETFDWI ~ Governments Love Growth – Because It Excuses Them From Dealing With Inequality

~ TTU-CGOBOOV ~ The Timeworn Upper-Class Game Of Blaming One’s Own Victims

~ T-SGA-HMLTDW-TSILO-M-A-TF(ARPSG)-TIDW-TMHAMRO-GAP-VMA-TAFOWANAA ~ The – Second Gilded Age – Has Much Less To Do With – The Supposedly Inexorable Logic Of Market – And – Technological Forces (And Related Purported Skills Gaps) – Than It Does With – The More Human And Malleable Realms Of – Greed And Politics – Very Much About – Taking Away From Others While Adding Nothing At All

~ TRIINWG-COS-‘W’-IIRTQO-WGPSWF-TPATCG-O-TNLCOWAP ~ The Real Issue Is Not Whether Government – Can Or Should – “Work” – It Is Rather The Question Of – Whom Government Policy Should Work For – The Public And The Common Good – Or – The Nation’s Leading Centers Of Wealth And Power

~ TPOO-NW-C-A-OB-AC-CU-T-S/D/L-OMRP ~ The Passing On Of – Net Worth – Connections – And – Other Benefits – Across Generations – Covers Up – The – Stupidity / Decrepitude / Laziness – Of Many Rich People

~ TNN-A-EE-ER-S-P-OTUBTROTSTITFEATCAOGP-ALTNA-MJ-EP-WEI ~ There’s Nothing New – About – Economic Exploitation – Elite Rent-Seeking – Plutocracy – Or The Use By The Rich Of The State To Increase Their Fortunes Even As They Complain About Overreaching Government Power – Also Less Than Novel Are – Mass Joblessness – Endemic Poverty – Widespread Economic Insecurity

~ M-T-‘MH’-O-‘TBTF’-TGGOGFI-WETI-TPIUER-HOI ~ Meanwhile – The – “Moral Hazard” – Of – “Too Big To Fail” – The Guaranteed Government Bailout Of Giant Financial Institutions – Will Encourage Those Institutions – To Persist In Undertaking Excessive Risks – Has Only Increased

~ TTFOCMNAC ~ The Tragic Farce Of Corporate Media News And Commentary

~ MMI ~ Manufacturing Mass Ignorance

~ TITCMP-MNLBE-TAGI-TFAEC ~ The Inequality That Creates Mass Poverty – Must No Longer Be Evaded – Through A Growth Ideology – That Fuels An Environmental Collapse

PETER HUBER ~ HARD GREEN ~ 1999

~ WIPCDTTCOPOTE-TMCTIOP-ATISAAW ~ When Individual Producers Can Dump The True Costs Of Production Onto The Environment – They May Create The Illusion Of Prosperity – As They Impoverish Society As A Whole

~ WRCDTTCOGOTPS-TMCTIOGG-EATISAAW ~ When Regulators Can Dump The True Costs Of Government On The Private Sector – They May Create The Illusion Of Good Government – Even As They Impoverish Society As A Whole

~ TOTTBGICODWI-DN-WHTBTPOOC ~ The One Thing That Big Government Is Capable Of Doing Well Is – Doing Nothing – Which Happens To Be The Paramount Objective Of Conservation

~ SVDODTOASASTIIP ~ Some Values Depend On Doing Things On A Scope And Scale That Is Inescapably Public

~ WSNBATC-NP-A-NP-E ~ We Should Not Be Ashamed To Conserve – Not Privately – And – Not Publicly – Either

~ TWPOCITB-AE-TWI-BD-TWHNB-S/T/G/P/P ~ The Whole Point Of Conservation Is To Be Anti-Economic The Wilderness Is By Definition That Which Has Not Been Subdued / Tamed / Graded / Plowed / Paved

~ NTAWTCITCB-NTATFPTWALOICR ~ New Trees Are Where The Carbon In The Coal Began – New Trees Are The First Place To Which A Lot Of It Can Return

~ EIG-O-WIDADLOTOTLAIE-IRD ~ Efficiency Is Green – Only – When It Definitely And Directly Lightens Our Tread On The Land And Its Environs – It Rarely Does

~ WSSOCWONBSIJ ~ We Should Save Our Cougars Whether Or Not Brazil Saves It Jaguars

~ STEAAWEU-TIMPSTATATS-WEO-ILQAAHC ~ Some Toxic Effects Are Already Well Enough Understood – That It Makes Perfect Sense To Address Them At Their Sources – Where Emissions Occur – In Large Quantities And At High Concentrations

~ WK-P-F-AAMOOB-C-ATE-B-WHDTFTP ~ We Know – Pesticides – Fungicides – And All Manner Of Other Bio-Cides – Affect The Environment – Because – We Have Designed Them For That Purpose

~ NIIMB-AOTTWOHATTWOOT ~ Nature Itself Is Morally Blind – As Oblivious To The Welfare Of Humans As To The Welfare Of Our Tapeworms

~ WCTWBIIB ~ We Conserve The Wilderness Because It Is Beautiful

~ WSRLOENBWFCFBBLIAGTRNFJ ~ We Should Revere Life On Earth Not Because We Fear Catastrophic Failure But Because Life Is A Good That Requires No Further Justification

~ BFTANS ~ Big Future Theories Are Never Scientific

~ TORAGSISO-WATWTDT-SOPUBM ~ The One Real And Growing Scarcity Is Scarcity Of – Wilderness And The Wildlife That Dwells There – Scarcity Of Places Undeveloped By Markets

~ ETEBDNPTE ~ Expanding The Environmental Bureaucracy Does Not Protect The Environment

~ IINUFIJTNSOAC-IIIJASWRTTUS ~ It Is No Use Fencing In Just The North Side Of A Commons – If It Is Just A Short Walk Round To The Unfenced South

JAMES HUGHES ~ WHY WE CAN’T AFFORD POVERTY ~ 2011

~ TCFPN-SWDPML ~ The Case For Paying Now – So We Don’t Pay More Later

~ TDASOSP ~ The Dollars And Sense Of Solving Poverty

~ WAFE-OSOCFIAFIN-AAEOTLRAEK-N-FPOEI ~ With A Few Exceptions – Our Systems Of Care For Individuals And Families In Need – Are Almost Exclusively Of The Last Resort And Emergency Kind – Not – For Prevention Or Early Intervention

~ WAKIOHTTSAITPN-WKITAUOPIDWAPOC-PCPFAITFP-OALTMEMOTP ~ We All Know In Our Hearts That The Smarter Approach Is To Pay Now – We Know Intuitively That An Ounce Of Prevention Is Definitely Worth A Pound Of Cure – Preventing Costly Problems From Arising In The First Place – Or At Least The Most Expensive Manifestations Of The Problem

~ TGBORAE-STITRPBE ~ The Growing Body Of Research And Experience – Shows That Investing To Reduce Poverty Benefits Everyone

~ TECOPANO-TDCOP-IF-TATOC-IC-HUOEWPCRE-A-SC-LOPCTSATSTPASIPOE ~ The Economic Costs Of Poverty Are Not Only – The Direct Costs Of Poverty – In Fact – There Are Two Other Categories – Indirect Costs – High Use Of Emergency Wards, Police, Courts, Remedial Education – And – Societal Costs – Loss Of Potential Contribution To Society And The Strain That Poverty And Steep Inequalities Place On Everyone

BRUCE SCHNEIER ~ RULES FOR SUCCESSFULLY MANAGING COMMONS ~ BASED ON WORK BY ELINOR OSTROM ~ LIARS AND OUTLIERS ~ 2012

~ EMUTGIAKWTGNI ~ Everyone Must Understand The Group Interest And Know What The Group Norm Is

~ TGMBATMTN ~ The Group Norm Must Be Something That The Group Actually Wants

~ The Group Must Be Able To Modify The Norm

~ AIDWETGNMBATTG-SIESR ~ Any Institution Delegated With Enforcing The Group Norm Must Be Accountable To The Group – So It’s Effectively Self-Regulated

~ TPFDMBCWTSOTD ~ The Penalties For Defecting Must Be Commensurate With The Seriousness Of The Defection

~ TSFAPMB-CFEARC ~ The System For Assessing Penalties Must Be – Consistent, Fair, Efficient, And Relatively Cheap

~ TGMBATDIOIPANHIIFOTG ~ The Group Must Be Able To Develop Its Own Institutional Pressure And Not Have It Imposed From Outside The Group

~ ITALGALGI-TTGNTBSPANIML-EOATSL ~ If There Are Larger Groups And Larger Group Interests – Then The Groups Need To Be Scaled Properly And Nested In Multiple Layers – Each Operating Along These Same Lines