Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Europe and “The Meaning of Life”

Stay or leave: it’s up to us to make up our own minds between now and the 23rd. June!

one of the Editor’s favourite Monty Python sketches .. nudge nudge .. it’s about ‘leaving’ 😉

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Satire: sailing over the horizon: a step too far?

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Nick 🙂

Europe 2.0: Great Scott!

There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots!

And so it is sadly with today’s politicians, their pundits, commentators (and lecturers): – going to begin this lecture by making some bold mission statements, debunking some historicism and rehashing some old  declarations – and support our retailers: –

 

But back to the future:

it was assumed that we would have made great strides discovering the ‘governing dynamics’ of the Scientific Universe at least by now – as in “Back To The Future”: –

Finding the 1.21GW required for fictional time travel by DeLorean – but only just in time!!

Time flies like an arrow ..

The DeLorean time machine’s destination date was set to 21st October 2015 Wednesday last week as Back to the Future Day, a time the scriptwriters predicted when we would have discovered and invented gravity-defying hover-boards and time-defying flux capacitors!

In our parallel future however, the 1.21 gigawatts required to power the famous Flux Capacitor is replaced by 14 TeV at CERN today, as the quest for the ‘governing dynamics’ of the universe  (hence providing us with an understanding of Gravity and Time ultimately) a “Theory of Everything” – which still eludes us.

Flux capacitor

.. but fruit flies like a banana!

‘Back to the future’ in the political democratic arena: –

In the political and democratic arena by comparison, there appears to have been be little or no change in managing basic human nature: 21/10/2015 still retains the undemocratic and dystopian economic and political structures that Biff Tannen and his henchmen inevitably created!

Karl Popper echoed this pessimistic view of utopias in his devastating critique of the use of Historicism in the Social and Political Sciences. If you want to have a deeper understanding of politics and economics, you need philosophy too – as well as an understanding of the economics of supply and demand.

So what are the governing dynamics – of government?

Popper asserted we just don’t know and that government by precedent and historical analysis of its constituent social and human sciences is incomplete i.e.  flawed.

One thing is certain however, the future is not inevitable!

Both unpredictable and unexpected things events may take place in government by politics. “Events, dear boy, events”.

In one mechanistic political future; the inventors get the upper hand with discoveries and hover boards make levitation and flux capacitors make time travel possible. In another predicted informatic or technical metaphor future as predicted here; online democracy becomes ubiquitous through online gaming and creates governmental and electoral reform! Technology can and does inevitably change our methods of working and their governance over time.

The quest for a gravity-levitating machine as a device as a mechanistic invention rather than a scientific discovery has not, as far as the editor knows, produced a sustainable lift system; only brief and small changes in an objects weight over short periods. If such a system were to do so, it would have a profound way in which we govern ourselves!

All rise!

The last time the editor researched “gravity drives” along with “perpetual or practicular motion”  was a over decade ago, so things have developed since rotating pairs of gyroscopes on a balance to measure their weight! Perhaps it is also interesting to note that so keen were the Victorians to invent and patent ‘practicular motion’ devices, the Patent Office actually wrote a clause to refuse their submission!

Europe 2.0

  • Europe 2.0 should and could (therefore) be a region and a zone where individuals, groups and Nation States can experiment creatively with participating democracy, constitutional framing, economics and social groupings – not an over-arching bureaucracy where all practices are locked-down and set in stone!
  • Europe should (following on) be thought of as a collection of dynamically-re-configurable systems rather than static immovable bureaucracies
  • In case you were pondering; – “just in time” governance as in manufacturing is not, repeat not the same as dynamic constitutional framing –but  rather, it forms an important sub-set thereof!
  • Back in the days of the early computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, we had punch cards for ‘batch card processed’ production relating to automating weavers looms. Our democracies have however remained set in stone i.e. ‘batch card processed’. This can be referred to as ‘static constitutional framing’. The result is pre-ordained, bureaucratic, exclusive and inflexible
  • Modern computing comprises real-time user interfaces like Windows. ‘Front end’ user-driven screen processes operate  ‘middleware’ business logic to manipulate ‘back end’ data processes to realize their ‘just in time’ governance in production systems – working in ‘real-time’ as “three-tier systems”
  • Take a moment to consider this: a flexible manufacturing system with its distributed economies of production can be compared with a future Europe with its distributed democracies – as a user-friendly computing machine metaphor.
  • A future Europe can therefore be considered to be an aggregate of dynamic economies and dynamic democratic constitutions with dynamic resource allocation!

 

Europe 2.0: Dynamic Constitutional Framing for Economic Growth: what are the   advantages?

  • Interactive government by eDemocracy as proposed engages electorates through real-time user (hence electorate) participation in online gaming
  • A Europe comprising a collection of dynamically-reconfigurable systems is a Constructionist Europe comprising building blocks, rather like ‘smart social LEGO’
  • Used as an antidote to, rather than a replacement for, elective representative democracy within and between bureaucracies
  • Provides pathways to implementing smarter government aka. electoral reform that will be required to match smarter technology on a country-by-country basis
  • A recipe for economic and social growth
  • Leaving the best until the last: a Super State as so described – namely Europe 2.0 – can maximize the choices available for its ‘end-users’ – namely its electorates – on demand and on an individual by individual basis. The parallel is drawn with modern automobile production where no two cars leaving the production line are necessarily identical as each has been chosen from a wide array of choices available to the individual purchaser: for example body color, engine, model, interior trim and optional extras. No two cars rolling in sequence off the production line are alike.
  • One size no longer has to fit all and we each have the right to govern and be governed by consent as self-determining individuals!

 

Nick @NPRFTEDesign

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P.S. Update: for a most recent example, The UK House of Lords exercises ‘dynamic constitutional framing’ to defeat the House of Commons in today’s news!

If you are concerned the reforms will hit you as a carer, we’d like to hear from you!

Europe 2.0: Sometimes  re-invention may be the best form of conflict resolution!

Innovation to solve ice-cream seller wars in 1980s Glasgow

Watching “Comfort and Joy“, screened recently on BBC 2, (1984)

Innovation as a way of averting ice cream seller wars in Glasgow from the 1980’s.

Europe 2.0: Hive Mind Financial Ecosystems:

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Local inventor Nicholas Robinson has been working on a tidal flow collector and accelerator from 2009

Based on a collapsing or braked vortex, this enabled efficient electrical energy collection in low-draft slow-moving water from smaller diameter more compact generators  that required accelerated water flow to be effective.

Collapsing Vortex Tidal Flow Accelerator: The Cinderella Energy Resource?

The UK coast as an island is surrounded and ‘even being drowned’ by powerful tidal and ocean flows!

Yet we seem incapable of harnessing this vast energy resource! Originally the devices were designed to capture offshore ocean flow as well as tidal flow.

The problem with slow water flows as encountered in tidal and ‘low head’ systems was that they required very large diameter turbines located in deeper water flows in order to be effective in order to harvest useful energy. In addition, expensive barraging was required which threatened the local ecosystem and saltwater balance – especially in estuaries.

Why has there been so little UK Government funding for tidal flow development?

There have it seems been ‘more academic tidal flow research initiatives than hot dinners’ served up in the UK over the last two decades!

N.B: to all present and future Cabinet Ministers:- Virtually all novel new technology initiatives require fairly distributed early-stage government support!

With New labour ‘frittering all the R&D money for a Severn tidal barrage on wasteful conferences’ through the 2000s and the Coalition opting for the less cost-effective but proven offshore wind farms with their problems relating to energy generation intermittency, Tidal Flow has been neglected. By contrast with wind energy intermittency, tidal flow is both abundant and highly predictable!

Fracking for underground gas also offers cost savings, but it seems that it has been met by vociferous public concerns about preserving the countryside, not unlike the vociferous public concerns expressed about deploying onshore wind turbines.

Sadly, the government lobby groups have the whip hand here in the UK, where monopoly-busting new technology initiatives are inevitably strangled at birth in favour of the established energy cartels – and it appears even a Liberal Democrat-moderated Coalition isn’t immune from this!

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What do you think?

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Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evelyn Waugh SCOOP!

NEWS SCOOP SENSATION!

Read all about it here at Cottingham.tv and Hull Books!

Cottingham.tv’s editor Nicholas Robinson involved in a series of sensational international news and press scoops!

BBC Newsnight and then BBC News have been broadcasting our electronic democracy and politics press scoops here on Cottingham.tv this week also through the night, also with a “life in comedy after politics” becoming “actively considered” by at least one leading politician, further to our “Tribute to comedian Norman Collier”!

In Evelyn Waugh’s novel Scoop! The roving news reporter from a local rag achieves fame and notariety for going out into ‘bongo-bongo land’, to ‘stir things up a bit’ amongst the natives, to then create and report (or scoop) the news reporting internationally back home!

The plot thickens: Licence to Kill!

If you remember James Bond and the evil press baron Elliot Carver filmed in Hamburg, stirring-up trouble in the South China Sea, an arch villain of democracy disguised his identity with a ‘Stealth Boat’ and hid behind digitally-encrypted digital satellite systems. This was also based partly on Evelyn Waugh’s famous novel SCOOP!

Back to the Present

In this case however, the BBC re-invented their own ‘beck end of beyond’, to be not our own lowly UK provinces (that would be too close for comfort), but in several ‘banana republics’  in South America!

In this case, a lowly provincial Brit (this humble editor) got to invent and scoop the news first!

To Ewan Evans, acclaimed promoter of British inventors on Dragon’s Den and latterly of Newsnight & co: “I must have tuned out for a minute there Elliot”!  No: better; let them eat cake! Electronic Democracy – not merely to be seen as an alternative to electronic balloting – was invented as described by this Brit right here! Google agrees!

 

The trouble with democracy is: –

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried”

that we invented it here and in Europe; but it’s always someone else’s fault when it goes wrong!

Nick

 

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Should our MPs, MEPs other Elected Representatives be obligated to serve as well as lead their Electorates?

Watching the recent swearing-in of newly-reelected UKIP MP Mark Reckless in Parliament, the brevity of the oath appeared shocking!

Not that the editor is a person that likes longwinded bureaucracy – let alone to dwell over ceremonial proceedings very much, nor is he writing this to belittle Mark Reckless. In fact he is a Royalist and keen supporter of democratic reform!

Perhaps the oath chould mention of support the well-being of the electorate, the party. If one wanted to improve the culture of such an institution, as has been proposed in the media recently, this would not be a bad place to start!
Link to get involved in electoral reform http://www.38degrees.org.uk

If you have ever written or telephoned your MP or MEP we would like to hear your story. Were they helpful?

Having approached one of our local MEPs by phone and email for a meeting concerning democratic reform and Europe, the editor recieved no response. He then approached the EU directly as a member Citizen with his “Europe 2.0” blog and was invited to present a paper and attend their democracy 2014 conference in Hong Kong as a private citizen and technical expert. He was unable to attend on financial grounds and had to cancel, due to a lack of lack of local support.

More recently a delegation of our MPs and other elected representatives, all set to attend (or gate-crash) said same conference supposedly – no expenses spared, were refused entry! http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/30/mps-refused-entry-hong-kong

Perhaps as the underdog in all of this, this poor and lowly member of the electorate has to satisfy himself with his business contacts in mainland China, where his skills and perseverence appear to be more appreciated than they are here!

Historically speaking, it is not unknown for China to appreciate and assist UK and other foreign individuals based their contributions and skills rather than their rank in government or society. Take for example the late film actor Norman Wisdom and a famous pre-Victorian automata inventor http://www.mechanical-toys.com/History%20page.htm

 

Nick