Kinds of 5GW

There seems to be several kinds of 5G organizations under discussion

  • The insurgent 5GW (the classical formulation)
  • The state-within 5GW (where a clique inside the host society attempts to transform the host society)
  • The state-without 5GW (where an operational arm of a government attacks a different society)

It seems that the latter two are capable of swarming, at least in principle, while the first is not.

Are these descriptions correct? Are there others?

Giuliani Right on Health Care

Sentora, M. (2007). Giuliani seeks to transform U.S. health care coverage. New York Times. August 1, 2007. Available online: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/01/us/politics/01giuliani.html.

Neither his plan nor the article covering it are perfect, but hard not to like this:

Rudolph W. Giuliani on Tuesday called for transforming the way health care coverage is provided in the United States, advocating a voluntary move from the current employer-based system to one that would grant substantial tax benefits to people who buy their own insurance.

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And to help the poor or others struggling to afford health insurance, Mr. Giuliani said he would support vouchers and tax refunds, but he gave no details about how he would pay for them.

Mr. Giuliani’s vision stands in stark contrast to the plans offered by the leading Democratic candidates. Both Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina have proposed bolstering the employer-based system by requiring corporations to buy insurance for their workers, and raising taxes or rolling back tax cuts to increase subsidies for health care for the poor.

Corporatism, the idea that companies should be simultaneously protected by the government but expected to fund welfare societies for their workers and dependents, is one of those bad ideas that are just hard to killed. From China’s State-Owned Companies to Detroit’s dinosaurs, too many enterprises and too many workers have been dragged down because governments made the stupid prediction that large companies cannot possibly go bankrupt.

There needs to be some form of universal healthcare, and it should be at least funded by the government through the income tax. Calls for “employer-based healthcare,” like from the junior Senator from Illinois and former junior Senator from North Carolina, are steps in the wrong direction.

Comparative medical technology

Ritter, M. (2007). Brain-injured man speaks after 6 years. Associated Press. August 1, 2007. Available online: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8QOBPDG0&show_article=1.

Neat trick…

A brain-damaged man who could communicate only with slight eye or thumb movements for six years can speak again, after stimulating electrodes were placed in his brain, researchers report.

The 38-year-old also regained the ability to chew and swallow, which allows him to be spoon-fed, rather than relying on nourishment through a tube in his belly.

The man’s brain was injured during an assault, he spent six years with only occasional signs of consciousness and no useful movement of his limbs. In an experiment, researchers implanted electrodes in his brain for a procedure called deep brain stimulation, which is routinely done for Parkinson’s disease and some other illnesses.

… but presumably an even better medical advance would be to castrate and imprison, or execute, violent criminals. (At least if your goal is social wellness.)

Cognitive Development, Introduction: The Context of Thought

John Flavell’s, Patricia Miller’s, and Scott Miller’s book, Cognitive Development: Fourth Edition joins The Origins of Human Nature, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Scientist in the Crib for one particular professor. Before I took any of his classes, a fellow graduate student tried to warn me off of this academic. I am glad I did not listen. Studying under a professor who fully disagrees with you, fully demands good reasons for that disagreement, and fully acknowledges them once given, is bracing good fun.

Like Scientist in the Crib before it, Cognitive Development focuses mostly on young children and serves to put later readings in context. The book is largely uncontroversial, though like Razib when critiquing the SSSM, the focus on cultural as opposed to genetic diversity is frustrating after a while. Part 9, over the section “Questions and Problems,” was by far the most fun to write.

Enjoy!

Cognitive Development, a tdaxp series
1. Introduction
2. Infant Perception
3. Infant Cognition
4. Representation and Concepts
5. Reasoning and Problem Solving
6. Social Cognition
7. Memory
8. Language
9. Questions and Problems
10. Bibliography