There’s a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause. – PJ O’Rourke
Man, I love the game lemmings. How awesome would it to use the term “lemming migration” in a sentence sometime today. Maybe you’ll see a group of mid-level executives go to a meeting and you can IM to your officemate “There’s goes a migration of lemmings”. If that’s not possible, then tell someone today: “Don’t be such a lemming!”
This video is not new, but Hans Rosling’s data and graphs simply blew my mind. The graphical representation of all this public data is simply astounding and makes complex data more easily understood by the average person. Everyone says that health is much more important than wealth, but Prof. Rosling shows–with actual data–that a poor but developing and healthy (in terms of the general population) country can increase life expectancy for children faster than a suddenly wealthy country. Also, you can literally see China lifting so many of its people out of poverty and you can see why the US is so nervous right now. China is literally nipping at its heels…
Right now, I’m watching the rest of his videos on www.gapminder.org. It also blows my mind that all this information including these type of videos are readily available on the Internet for viewing by anyone with a broadband connection. The cascading effects of the Internet will be seen sometime in the future, maybe 50-100 years from now. We truly live in interesting times…
I’m watching self-improvement videos again. I need the positivity after watching Top Chef last night. Ugh…I can’t believe such an untalented chef made it into the Top 3. Its not even that she’s untalented. She’s probably talented, to some degree. She’s just so negative and I believe part of that energy probably goes into her food. You probably eat her food and then want to punch someone. I know, I know…there’s a good possibility that the Top Chef editors cut and splice footage together to make her this season’s villain, but dude, it seemed like they had a lot of footage to work with. I’m just saying…
Anyhow, it makes me laugh, yet deeply disturbs me that this video has ~1200 views after a month, but a possible video of someone lighting their fart on fire and burning their butt off would probably get 3+ million views in under a day. Sigh…
Here’s Tony Schwartz of the Energy Project:
He states that you should end your day with a note of three things that are right in your life. Here’s my list:
The Economist has a very informative article on the myth of the noble savage and how human society did not fall out of an ecological Eden with the invention of agriculture.
This article ties into discussion around how governments could solve the current global food crisis by implementing new agricultural technologies, but how non-profits like to support small local farming initiatives. The tension arises from the displacement of small farmers and possibly creating agricultural conglomerates vs. getting the biggest possible food crop from the land, so as to feed the most people.
To add to the discussion points, here’s an awesome TED Talk, in which Juan Enriquez brings up Norman Brolaug and his contribution to both science and agriculture, in terms of wheat technology:
How true is this? Have you ever seen VH1’s Charm School?
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
– Margaret Thatcher