Links for 31st March 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The perils of nuclear disarmament: How relinquishment could result in disaster

    "It should be noted, however, that nuclear weapons do nothing to mitigate the threat of terrorism. MAD becomes a rather soft deterrent when "political rationality" comes into question; rationality can be a very subjective thing, as is the sense of self-preservation, particularly when nihilism and metaphysical beliefs come into play (i.e. religious fanaticism)."

    Tagged with: nuclearweaponsdisarmamentwarpolitics

  2. Open-Source Healthcare

    "In an open-source healthcare system, someone might go to vocational school for accreditation as the equivalent of a Chinese “barefoot doctor.” He could set fractures and deal with other basic traumas, and diagnose the more obvious infectious diseases. He might listen to your cough, do a sputum culture and maybe a chest x-ray, and give you a round of zithro for your pneumonia. But you can’t purchase such services by themselves without paying the full cost of a college and med school education plus residency."

    Tagged with: open-sourcehealthcaremedicinecommunitynew-southseamutualism

  3. One Model for a New World Economy

    "Decentralized diversity (what we sometimes call the "polyculture" model) means setting the rules so that no one institution or approach to solving a problem/meeting a need ever becomes overwhelmingly dominant. This comes at a cost to efficiency, but efficiency only works when there are no bumps in the road. Redundancy works out better in times of chaos and uncertainty — backups and alternatives and slack in the system able to counter momentary failures." Cascio on 'resilience economics'

    Tagged with: futurismeconomicscapitalismtransparencyresiliencepostcapitalismCascioemergentdistributedglobal

  4. HOWTO Negotiate a Creative Commons License: Ten Steps

    "3. Show them the money – Ultimately, it is all about the bottom line. Mark Hurst has written a no-holds-barred analysis of how much it is all about the bottom line. Your central argument has to be “you will make more money.” Sure, you may be more interested in free culture, collaboration, or maximizing mindshare, but someone in the decision process will need to be convinced that it will increase sales, or at the very least that it won’t loose them money."

    Tagged with: bookspublishingcreative-commonslicensingcopyrightbusinesspersuasionstatistics

  5. No Fear of the Future

    "… a week in D.F. con los Mexicanos Fantasticos. The three-day colloquium on Parallel Worlds as the literary track of the Festival de Mexico, featuring Mark Dery, Christopher Priest, M. John Harrison, Bruce Sterling, Linda Nagata and me [Chris Nakashima-Brown]… " Includes links an' YooToobz an' stuff.

    Tagged with: Bruce-SterlingM-John-HarrisonChristopher-PriestLinda-NagataNakashima-BrownsciencefictionsffantasyliteratureMexicoconvention

  6. "Whad Ya Say?" Writing Dialogue

    "One of the key lessons for me was that when characters speak, they are both talking about whatever the subject is and existing in the real world… " Jim Van Pelt with the wisdom, as always.

    Tagged with: writingfictiondialoguetipsadvicelanguage

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