Sunday, June 09, 2019
Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We're transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet's environmental resources.
This is an old article and normally would not be promoted to the front page but this article's author has caught my attention several times. Nafeez Ahmed, wrote a more recent article on June 3 that falls in the same end-of-times theme: New Report Suggests 'High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End' Starting in 2050. I remember the article Ahmed wrote in October 2018, Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance. It's a well researched article which linked to a paper paid for by the Army Research Laboratory which really stuck in my mind. It is called Social Network Structure as a Predictor of Social Behavior: The Case of Protest in the 2016 US Presidential Election. The military using our posts, tweets and comments to predict protests is really unsettling. Yet each time a crazy person posts something that the public believes should have caught law enforcement's attention online there is a call for authorities to pay more attention.
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