segunda-feira, 30 de setembro de 2013


Neville Chamberlain Was Right

The maligned British prime minister did what we would want any responsible leader to do.

By Nor is the modern view of Hitler reflective of how the Nazi dictator was seen in the late 1930s. Blitzkrieg and concentration camps were not yet part of the public imagination. The British had already been dealing with one fascist, Benito Mussolini, for years before Hitler took power, and top British diplomats and military thinkers saw Hitler the way they saw Mussolini—more bravado than substance. Moreover, many Europeans thought German complaints about the settlement of World War I were legitimate. We now see Hitler's actions during the early and mid-1930s as part of an implacable march toward war. That was not the case at the time. German rearmament and the reoccupation of the Rhineland seemed inevitable, because keeping a big country like Germany disarmed for decades was unrealistic. Hitler's merging of Austria and Germany seemed to be what many Austrians wanted. Even the demands for chunks of Czechoslovakia were seen, at the time, as not necessarily unreasonable—after all, many Germans lived in those areas.
So, when Chamberlain returned from Munich with the news that he had negotiated a peace agreement, cheering crowds filled the streets and the press rejoiced.

Carta aberta

Aluno se nega a fazer trabalho sobre Marx e escreve uma carta-manifesto ao professor

 João Victor Gasparino da Silva*
Como o senhor deve saber, eu repudio o filósofo Karl Marx e tudo o que ele representa e representou na história da humanidade, sendo um profundo exercício de resistência estomacal falar ou ouvir sobre ele por mais de meia hora. Aproveito através deste trabalho, não para seguir as questões que o senhor estipulou para a turma, mas para expor de forma livre minha crítica ao marxismo, e suas ramificações e influências mundo afora.

Caro professor,
Como o senhor deve saber, eu repudio o filósofo Karl Marx e tudo o que ele representa e representou na história da humanidade, sendo um profundo exercício de resistência estomacal falar ou ouvir sobre ele por mais de meia hora. Aproveito através deste trabalho, não para seguir as questões que o senhor estipulou para a turma, mas para expor de forma livre minha crítica ao marxismo, e suas ramificações e influências mundo afora. Quero começar falando sobre a pressão psicológica que é, para uma pessoa defensora dos ideais liberais e democráticos, ter que falar sobre o teórico em questão de uma forma imparcial, sem fazer justiça com as próprias palavras.
Me é uma pressão terrível, escrever sobre Marx e sua ideologia nefasta, enquanto em nosso país o marxismo cultural, de Antonio Gramsci, encontra seu estágio mais avançado no mundo ocidental, vendo a cada dia, um governo comunista e autoritário rasgar a Constituição e destruir a democracia, sendo que foram estes os meios que chegaram ao poder, e até hoje se declararem como defensores supremos dos mesmos ideais, no Brasil. Outros reflexos disso, a criminalidade descontrolada, a epidemia das drogas cujo consumo só cresce (São aliados das FARCs), a crise de valores morais, destruição do belo como alicerce da arte (funk e outras coisas), desrespeito aos mais velhos, etc. Tudo isso sintomas da revolução gramscista em curso no Brasil. A revolução leninista está para o estupro, assim como a gramscista está para a sedução, ou seja, se no passado o comunismo chegou ao poder através de uma revolução armada, hoje ele buscar chegar por dentro da sociedade, moldando os cidadãos para pensarem como socialistas, e assim tomar o poder. Fazem isso através da educação, o velho e ‘’bom’’ Paulo Freire, que chamam de ‘’educação libertadora’’ ou ‘’pedagogia do oprimido’’, aplicando ao ensino, desde o infantil, a questão da luta de classes, sendo assim os brasileiros sofrem lavagem cerebral marxista desde os primeiros anos de vida. Em nosso país, os meios culturais, acadêmicos, midiáticos e artísticos são monopolizados pela esquerda a meio século, na universidade é quase uma luta pela sobrevivência ser de direita.

quarta-feira, 25 de setembro de 2013

O capitalismo de compadre

We see it everywhere:
• shady zoning regulations in a small town;
• taxpayer money diverted into political campaigns;
• deals that enrich the few at the expense of the many;
• billion-dollar bailouts;
• trillions of newly printed dollars flowing from government to Wall Street at giveaway interest rates;
• brand-name economists hired to defend the indefensible with a smokescreen of economic theory.

When private interests need a political favor, they know whom to call. When politicians need money, they also know whom to call. The people involved try to keep most of it concealed behind closed doors.

This is the system that prevails in Russia after the fall of Communism. But increasingly it is America's system as well.

Many people regard Wall Street as the epicenter of American capitalism. In reality it is the epicenter of American crony capitalism. Where Wall Street stops and Washington begins is impossible to say. This situation was not caused, as many suppose, by the Crash of 2008. Rather the Crash was caused by the longstanding Wall Street–Washington partnership. But the problem extends far beyond Wall Street to every corner of America.

If we are going to do anything about our present economic problems, and also give the poor a chance at a better life, we will need to eliminate crony capitalism.

Although full of hair-raising stories, this book is also about solutions. It tells us in clear and simple terms what is wrong and what needs to be done about it.

All the useless people - where do they all come from?

... the universities, says Marc Faber

Universities Created Masses of Useless Academics

Dr. Marc Faber, the Swiss fund manager and publisher of the ‘Gloom, Boom and Doom Report’ always enjoys illuminating the financial class. He is an international investor known for his uncanny predictions of the stock and futures markets around the world. In his typical fashion, he discusses the true value of a university degree, and what he sees as the most important job qualifications.  He states:
“And so you have now an army of people that came out of universities and I can tell I met a lot of these people I would not dream of hiring not dream, they’re completely useless, I am not saying that everybody is useless. Some have [a] very good education and very good personality but the ones that I would hire I would hire them with or without [a] university degree. I will look at them [and think]: can they do something? Are they effective? Can they accomplish something or not? I would not even ask whether they have a university education, I am not interested in that.”

Além do ISLM

Além do ISLM. A crise atual na luz de modelos macroeconômicos.
Palestra de Antony Mueller na II Semana Acadêmica de Economia na UDESC - Florianópolis -
24 de Setembro de 2013
Data Show

Web developer

Become the Best Web Developer You Can Be in 1 Simple Step

It’s so easy.

All you need to do to become the best web developer — 11x, even — is to follow this scientifically tested set of instructions. Actually, scientists have simplified it to one instruction only:

terça-feira, 24 de setembro de 2013


""At the basis of the whole modern view of the world lies the illusion that the so-called laws of nature are the explanations of natural phenomena. (6.371)"

""So people stop short at natural laws as something unassailable, as did the ancients at God and Fate."

""And they are both right and wrong. But the ancients were clearer, in so far as they recognized one clear terminus, whereas the modern system makes it appear as though everything were explained. (6.372) Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus"...

Direito e Economia

domingo, 22 de setembro de 2013

Phelps sobre inovação

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Review: ‘Mass Flourishing’

A defence of competitive markets is also a call to keep the faith
Boeing flight line mechanic Mike Feeney work on an engine of a Boeing 747-8 freighter©Getty
A flight mechanic at work on a Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft
Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge and Change, by Edmund Phelps, Princeton, RRP£19.95/$29.95, 392 pages
Edmund Phelps is known to economy watchers as the co-inventor, with the late Milton Friedman, of the doctrine that there is no long-term trade-off between inflation and unemployment; or, in more popular terms, you do not buy more jobs by tolerating high inflation, although a short-term stimulus is always possible. I will not risk my neck by pontificating on who got there first: probably some unheard-of pundit many generations back. One might have thought that Phelps would have achieved more publicity for this doctrine – which, with all due qualifications, happens to be correct. But, Nobel Prize in economics notwithstanding, he does not have Friedman’s genius for self-publicity.
In Mass Flourishing, drawing on a long academic career, Phelps paints on a much wider canvas. In old-fashioned terminology his book might have been called “A course in applied macroeconomics”, but that would hardly have appealed to publishers. The author ranges extremely widely and any student of any age will gain something from it, irrespective of political views.

Impêrio britânico

sábado, 21 de setembro de 2013

A universidade em frente duma revolução

Universities to MOOCs: We Will Assimilate You

Universities haven’t changed much since the Middle Ages. There is the campus with its lecture halls, dormitories, libraries, and laboratories surrounded by leafy quadrangles. Well, they’ve added giant sports complexes, gyms and swimming pools, and gourmet restaurants, but the basic layout is the same. And the production process hasn’t changed since around 1200. Professors give lectures, students read books and take notes, there are examinations and grades, along with the occasional tutoring session, and a great deal of hanky panky. The professors wear tweed jackets instead of gowns, and the students wear – well, just about anything, including pajamas – but otherwise the university remains one of society’s most conservative institutions.
This has all been challenged, quite radically, in the last decade, as students, parents, taxpayers, and donors have begun to grasp the potential of the internet for revolutionizing the education industry.

Assim funciona a evolução

O mecanismo da evolução - explicando a diversidade

sexta-feira, 20 de setembro de 2013

Rammstein em Paris 2012

Palestra de Manfred Nitsch no ADUFS

O celular do futuro

A insustentabilidade do sistema da educação superior americano

Why the Higher Education System Is Unsustainable (i.e. Doomed)
  (September 18, 2013)

Higher education is a self-serving cartel that is failing students, the economy and the nation.

That which is unaffordable is unsustainable and will go away. The current system of higher education is profoundly unaffordable: it exists on an immoral foundation of student debt--$560 billion of which is Federal. Enormous expansions of student debt are required to keep the current system of higher education afloat. This chart shows the insane trajectory of Federal student debt:

quinta-feira, 19 de setembro de 2013

Como escrever menos ruim

10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly

By Michael C. Munger September 06, 2010
Brian Taylor
Most academics, including administrators, spend much of our time writing. But we aren't as good at it as we should be. I have never understood why our trade values, but rarely teaches, nonfiction writing.
In my nearly 30 years at universities, I have seen a lot of very talented people fail because they couldn't, or didn't, write. And some much less talented people (I see one in the mirror every morning) have done OK because they learned how to write.

Uma olhada no cosmos

Já sabia?

Palestra UDESC

O processo da inovação da aviação

A evolução da aviação mundial

Voar sempre foi um desejo do ser humano. Desde os tempos mais primórdios o homem sonhou em ter asas e poder alcançar o céu. Egípcios retratavam alguns de seus deuses como figuras aladas, e um dos mitos mais conhecidos é o de Ícaro, que voou até o sol e perdeu as asas ao se aproximar demais do sol. Leonardo da Vinci, ainda no século 15, construiu um modelo de avião em forma de pássaro e fez vários desenhos, como hélices e paraquedas, que foram de grande contribuição posteriormente. A partir de 1880 o homem passou a voar com planadores e depois com balões e dirigíveis. Mas o grande desafio era voar em máquinas mais pesadas do que o ar e foi uma longa caminhada até a aviação propriamente dita, quando as aeronaves passaram a dominar os céus do Brasil e do mundo e a atravessar continentes em questão de horas.

Era pioneira

quarta-feira, 18 de setembro de 2013

Como viver

Ron Paul - a Voz do Futuro

On September 10, 2013, Ron Paul, a three-time presidential candidate and twelve term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, discussed "Our Lives, Your Liberty & America's Future" in a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture. The event took place in DePauw University's Kresge Auditorium, where there was not an empty seat in the 1,440-capacity venue.

O banda que destruiu Europa

Hitler, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill and the Destruction of Europe
Palestra do Yuri N. Maltsev

A fala enhanhosa da linguagem científica

terça-feira, 17 de setembro de 2013

Educação pública - um messias falso?

Time to Stick a Fork in our False Messiah…

A theologian, philosopher, and educator, from the last century Rousas Rushdooney wrote, “The messianic character of education has not changed, its mission has expanded exponentially, but its effects have been perverse.”   The messiah’s daddy,  Horace Mann, said, “The Public (Common) School is the greatest discovery ever made by man…other social organizations are curative and remedial…public education is a preventative and antidote…”
Speaking of the kids, Mann wrote, “…teach him the facts about his body, and youth will be less tempted by gin, swearing and tobacco.”    Add to that list, teenage sexual irresponsibility, illicit drugs and bullying.    Mann promised, “…let the public school be expanded to its capabilities…and nine-tenths of the crimes in the penal code would become obsolete…”
How has it worked out?   The USA has the highest prison census proportionate to population in the world, 50 million plus dead pre-born since Rove v Wade and drug use is rampant.  Has the theory that education leads to insight and virtue proved itself?
Do a Google search for the “effectiveness of sex education.”   A flood of studies will pop up celebrating the wonderfulness of Planned Parenthood and school based Sex Ed.  All of them will be singing their own praises. Do our abortion rates, STD rates, single motherhood rates seem like something to celebrate?
A few years ago, the Dare Movement swept the country–Drug Awareness Resistance Education.  Police came into junior high schools in uniform to instruct kids on the look, smell, chemistry and protocols of illegal drug use.  Officers told the kids that illegal drugs, pot to meth, were equally toxic and would destroy them, so don’t do them.  They told gruesome horror stories of drug abuse and described the terrors of the prison life awaiting future druggies.  Since middle school kids are usually still approval seekers, they parroted all the right catch phrases which anxious parents were aching to hear.  For their efforts the kids were given a really cool DARE t-shirt, a diploma for completing the course and the school got a DARE decal for the front door.   Really enthusiastic communities got a “We are a DARE Community” sign for the edge of town.
Result?  Studies are mixed, but at best, DARE was a waste of time and ineffective

segunda-feira, 16 de setembro de 2013

Ciência além de matemática

Great Scientist ≠ Good at Math
E.O. Wilson shares a secret: Discoveries emerge from ideas, not number-crunching
During my decades of teaching biology at Harvard, I watched sadly as bright undergraduates turned away from the possibility of a scientific career, fearing that, without strong math skills, they would fail. This mistaken assumption has deprived science of an immeasurable amount of sorely needed talent. It has created a hemorrhage of brain power we need to stanch.

A origem do estado moderno

The Reformation and the Modern State

This past week my World History classes studied the Reformation and the rise of the modern state.
Following up on the brilliant outline sketched by Professor Eugen Weber in the above video lecture, I described how all states originated in conquest and exploitation, as bandit gangs besieging villages of peaceful productive families, murdering all who resisted, plundering the villagers of their food and meager possessions, and raping all the women and young girls.
Eventually the bandits decide this exhaustive process of plundering one village after another is extremely wasteful and time-consuming. They begin to post some of the thieves and rapists in each village to extract tribute. Over the course of time this extortion money becomes known as taxation.
In 1066 one such bandit, William the Bastard, invaded and conquered England. His lineal descendants continued this predatory practice until the dynastic Wars of the Roses forced two rival family gangs to compete for control of the turf and its spoils.
Out of this gang warfare emerged the victor Henry Tudor, known to posterity as Henry VII.
I proceeded to describe the tragedy surrounding Henry VII’s first-born son Arthur and his bride Catherine upon his premature death, her subsequent marriage to Arthur’s younger brother Henry (after receiving a papal dispensation to do so), Henry’s all-consuming dissatisfaction with her for not producing a male heir, and his desire for a papal annulment (or divorce) in order to marry Anne Boleyn.
This was all provided as essential background leading up the showing of the Academy Award-winning film, A Man for All Seasons, focusing upon the controversy between Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More concerning the question of Royal Supremacy over the Church in England.
After viewing and taking notes on the film, my students were to write an evaluative essay on the following topic:
Compare and contrast Sir Thomas More as portrayed in the Academy Award winning epic film, A Man for All Seasons, with Martin Luther as described in the documentary, Martin Luther: Reluctant Revolutionary. More was a great defender of the Roman Catholic faith and confronted English King Henry VIII concerning dramatic changes in England during the Reformation. Luther launched the Protestant Reformation challenging the Roman Catholic faith and its centuries of religious dogma and traditions. Both were men of conscience who were unyielding in their principles and core beliefs.

domingo, 15 de setembro de 2013

Processo da inovação

Evolução do iPhone

Educação e prosperidade

Eric Hanushek of Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his new book, Endangering Prosperity (co-authored with Paul Peterson and Ludger Woessmann). Hanushek argues that America's educational system is mediocre relative to other school systems around the world and that the failure of the U.S. system to do a better job has a significant negative impact on the American standard of living. Hanushek points to improving teacher quality as one way to improve education.

sexta-feira, 13 de setembro de 2013

Pesquisa sem valor

"My problem with the formal rankings being used to measure research is that they give zero weights to large numbers of research activities that are central to new ideas developing. That zero weighting leads researchers away from these unweighted activities and toward weighted activities. It leads rational researchers to focus on small journalpublishable ideas, and to deemphasize large ideas that might be more interesting, and have a larger research payoff. It also leads them to worry less about what their research is contributing to knowledge or society, and more to whether it is publishable. The publication of the paper becomes an end in itself. That has happened in the United States. 
Essentially, my conclusion of my most recent study of top U.S. graduate economic programs (Colander 2006, 2007) is that these graduate programs have become specialists at producing highly efficient journal-article writers, but far less proficient at producing broad-based research economists and far less proficient at teaching undergraduates."

Fim da universidade tradicional

Higher Education Cartel, Meet Creative Destruction   (September 10, 2013)

Modern colleges and universities have collectively become a rent-seeking cartel, an alliance of nominally competitive institutions that maintains a highly profitable monopoly of accreditation.

Correspondent Mark G. succinctly summarizes why higher education is ripe for the creative destruction of its cartel model. His brief account captures the essential dynamics so well that I made it the foreword of my book The Nearly Free University and The Emerging Economy: The Revolution in Higher Education.
Here is Mark's essay:

Developments in education and information media have always impacted each other. Below is a brief review of the history of each for the past 2,500 years. The aim is to open minds as to how the asymptotic expansion of the information media technology known as the Internet is expanding education beyond its previous boundaries.
Brief History of Educational Media

quinta-feira, 12 de setembro de 2013

Idosos com mentes jóvens

Meet the 'super agers': The 80 and 90-year-olds with much younger brains and memories who could unlock the mystery of ageing

  • U.S. researchers are studying 80 and 90-year-olds with exceptional brains and memories to find ways to protect others from memory loss
  • Northwestern University scientists found low amounts of age-related plaques plus more brain mass related to memory in the participants
  • The neuroscientists have screened over 400 people for the study and only about 35 people have been eligible
By Associated Press Reporter and Sarah Griffiths

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quarta-feira, 11 de setembro de 2013

Ronald Coase (1910-2013) sobre a situação atual das ciências econômicas

"Economics thus becomes a convenient instrument the state uses to manage the economy, rather than a tool the public turns to for enlightenment about how the economy operates. But because it is no longer firmly grounded in systematic empirical investigation of the working of the economy, it is hardly up to the task. During most of human history, households and tribes largely lived on their own subsistence economy; their connections to one another and the outside world were tenuous and intermittent. This changed completely with the rise of the commercial society. Today, a modern market economy with its ever-finer division of labor depends on a constantly expanding network of trade. It requires an intricate web of social institutions to coordinate the working of markets and firms across various boundaries. At a time when the modern economy is becoming increasingly institutions-intensive, the reduction of economics to price theory is troubling enough. It is suicidal for the field to slide into a hard science of choice, ignoring the influences of society, history, culture, and politics on the working of the economy.
It is time to reengage the severely impoverished field of economics with the economy." Mais

terça-feira, 10 de setembro de 2013

O gelo voltou - mais um alarme falso revolado



What’s Your Goal?

Human action is behavior with a purpose. A person acts because she wants to bring about a future she desires, a future she believes will not come to pass without her effort.
The value of an action lies in its contribution to the actor’s goal.
I learned this thanks to the work of Ludwig Von Mises, long after I got my Ph.D. in Economics. Until I read Human Action I had never asked myself what future I was trying to bring about through teaching.
But in a flash of humbling insight I realized that teaching is irrelevant; what matters is helping others learn.
That realization changed my career, and my life. I stopped teaching and started helping my students learn; I stopped advising and started helping my clients succeed.
How would you change your job description (and your Linkedin profile) if instead of your role you focused on you goal?
But this shift would not be enough to maximize your value. If you are a member of an organization, your individual goal is not your real goal.

Ensino em casa

Tese de Doutorado
Nome completo
Luciane Muniz Ribeiro Barbosa
Unidade da USP
Área do Conhecimento
Data de Defesa
São Paulo,2013
Banca examinadora
Oliveira, Romualdo Luiz Portela de (Presidente)
Beisiegel, Celso de Rui
Cury, Carlos Roberto Jamil
Duarte, Clarice Seixas
Ranieri, Nina Beatriz Stocco
Título em português
Ensino em casa no Brasil: um desafio à escola?
Palavras-chave em português
Compulsoriedade da educação escolar
Direito à educação
Ensino em casa
Resumo em português
A presente tese tem como objetivo analisar os princípios e fundamentos do ensino em casa, bem como sua possível normatização no Brasil. É crescente o número de famílias brasileiras que optam por ensinar seus filhos em casa ao invés de enviá-los para as escolas, apesar da interpretação vigente de que a legislação federal não admite tal prática de ensino, apresentando como compulsória a matrícula em instituição escolar. Tal fenômeno tem suscitado a ação do Poder Judiciário, a apresentação de Projetos de Lei pela sua regulamentação e o interesse da sociedade sobre uma forma alternativa de ensinar os filhos, além do debate e de reflexões sobre o tema. Seguindo tendências internacionais em prol da normatização do homeschooling, os favoráveis ao ensino em casa no país têm reivindicado o uso dos Documentos Internacionais de proteção aos Direitos Humanos para exigir a primazia dos pais na escolha da educação dos filhos e se organizado por meio de associações para exercer influência sobre o Poder Legislativo e divulgar o tema na sociedade. Acresce-se ao debate jurídico questionamentos como: Os argumentos utilizados pelos pais ao rejeitarem a instituição escolar como espaço de formação acadêmica e social revelam-se válidos? Quais os fundamentos filosóficos e políticos presentes na contestação do Estado em relação à compulsoriedade da educação escolar? É possível compreender o ensino em casa como uma alternativa à escolarização de crianças e adolescentes no Brasil e rejeitar a idéia de que a escola detém o monopólio nas questões de socialização e formação para a cidadania? Seria essa modalidade de ensino viável para todos ou esta representaria apenas o descompromisso de poucos com a educação enquanto um bem público? O que a normatização do ensino em casa no país acarretaria para o debate sobre a ação e a formação docente? Estas e outras questões sobre o tema são objeto de análise da presente tese, que, com base em pesquisa bibliográfica e entrevistas com famílias que ensinam os filhos em casa, traça um panorama do ensino em casa, questionando-o como um possível caminho em busca de uma educação que englobe o alcance de resultados acadêmicos e o cumprimento de objetivos constitucionais para a educação como o pleno desenvolvimento da pessoa e seu preparo para o exercício da cidadania. Destaca-se que todo o debate decorrente do tema em análise visa à contribuição para os enfrentamentos necessários dentro de um contexto de luta em prol de uma educação pública de qualidade para todos.

Sociopatologia do estado

The State As An Attractor for Sociopaths

If the state is defined in terms of its enjoying a monopoly on the use of violence, what is the character of people who would be attracted to the use of its violent tools and practices?

segunda-feira, 9 de setembro de 2013

A ideologia da UNESCO

O Vocabulário Diabólico da Unesco (notas a Pascal Bernardin)

As coisas terríveis às quais aludirei neste texto estão documentadas no livro Maquiavel Pedagogo, de Pascal Bernardin (publicado em português pela VIDE Editorial): são ideias sistematicamente defendidas e propagadas, em documentos oficiais, por cientistas e pedagogos da Unesco. Se não refiro cada uma delas a seu específico lugar é por falta de tempo, e por saber que esse grosso trabalho já está feito e publicado. Por outro lado, mesmo que não houvesse provas textuais, há uma coisa que deveria trazer-me o benefício da dúvida: muito do que vou dizer aqui pode provocar no leitor, como provocou em mim, lembranças de uma idade mais inocente, em que um pervertido obteve permissão de meus pais para estuprar minha consciência, assim aviltando o nome e a glória da profissão de professor.

Bitcoin - inovação monetária

An innovation appeared in 2009 that might turn out to be a hinge of history: Satoshi Nakamoto released the protocol for Bitcoin, a decentralized, open-source, peer-to-peer digital payment system and monetary unit. It was the answer to the long-unresolved questions of how to implement the concept of money in the context of the Internet.
Just four years later, it has been an improbable success all over the world. The digital revolution that transformed communication, media, and global economic development is reaching a sector previously thought to be impenetrable, the institution of money itself. The implications for economics and politics are immense. It signals the end of one era and the beginning of something completely new.
This conference brings together recognized experts with experienced practitioners of digital currency to explain and speculate in conversation with attendees. It will be held on the fourth anniversary of Bitcoin’s first publicly registered exchange rate to the dollar. On that day, $1 would buy 1309.03 Bitcoins. The value of Bitcoin in terms of dollars has since risen 167,000 times.


The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark’s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I.
Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.
Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 and details the mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks.
Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe’s descent into a war that tore the world apart.
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Propriedade intelectual

By Russell Lamberti
Last week a US court ruled that Samsung Electronics had to pay $1 billion to Apple Inc. for patent infringement. Samsung made a cool $6 billion profit in the 2nd quarter of 2012 on revenue of nearly $50 billion, so $1 billion, in the final analysis, is pretty manageable.  But that’s not the point.  The Apple-Samsung patent war, which – sadly – is probably far from over, raises once again the broader question over the basic efficacy and legitimacy of intellectual property law.  Is patent and copyright protection socially beneficial?  Is it even legitimate property right?  Although this is a divisive issue, most people regard intellectual property rights, specifically patent and copyright, as legitimate property rights.  Most people are wrong, and below I’ll show why.

sexta-feira, 6 de setembro de 2013

Inovação: "biomimicry"

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry


A perversidade da democracia moderna

Why the Real Founders of Democracy Would Be Pissed if They Saw What We Did…
The word democracy is held in awe these days. Mention it almost anywhere and you’ll get instant nods of approval.
People actually believe that democracy gives us harmony and peace, not to mention wealth. They are sure that it is the ultimate and inevitable end of human development, created by the wise and noble Greeks and given to us, the enlightened society that took it to the ends of the Earth!

But if the ancient Greeks could see what we call ‘democracy,’ they would spit at it. They’d probably want to burn it down.


Palavras de Che

1. “Louco de fúria, mancharei de vermelho meu rifle estraçalhando qualquer inimigo que caia em minha mãos!  Com a morte de meus inimigos preparo meu ser para a sagrada luta, e juntar-me-ei ao proletariado triunfante com um berro bestial!”
2. “O ódio cego contra o inimigo cria um impulso forte que quebra as fronteiras de naturais das limitações humanas, transformando o soldado em uma eficaz máquina de matar, seletiva e fria. Um povo sem ódio não pode triunfar contra o adversário. “
3. “Para mandar homens para o pelotão de fuzilamento, não é necessário nenhuma prova judicial … Estes procedimentos são um detalhe arcaico burguês. Esta é uma revolução!”
4. “Um revolucionário deve se tornar uma fria máquina de matar motivado pelo puro ódio. Nós temos que criar a pedagogia do Paredão!” (O Paredão é uma referência para a parede onde os inimigos de Che eram mortos por seus pelotões de fuzilamento).
5. “Eu não sou o Cristo ou um filantropo, velha senhora, eu sou totalmente o contrário de um Cristo … eu luto pelas coisas em que acredito, com todas as armas à minha disposição e tento deixar o outro homem morto, de modo que eu não seja pregado numa cruz ou qualquer outro lugar. “
6. “Se qualquer pessoa tem qualquer coisa boa para dizer sobre o governo anterior, para mim é bom o suficiente matá-la.”
7. Che queria que o resultado da crise dos mísseis em Cuba fosse uma guerra atômica. “O que nós afirmamos é que devemos proceder ao longo do caminho da libertação, mesmo que isso custe milhões de vítimas atômicas”.
8. “Na verdade, se o próprio Cristo estivesse no meu caminho eu, como Nietzsche, não hesitaria em esmagá-lo como um verme.”
9. “Deixe-me dizer, correndo o risco de parecer ridículo, que o verdadeiro revolucionário é guiado por grandes sentimentos de amor.”
10. “É muito triste não ter amigos, mas é ainda mais triste não ter inimigos.”
Tradução: Emerson de Oliveira

John Lennon explica


quinta-feira, 5 de setembro de 2013

História esquecida

O legado do comunismo

Recursos para refletir

Como estimular a criatividade

Todos os dias é necessário ser criativo para lidar com diversas situações: quando falta dinheiro muitas pessoas investem em novas formas para sair do "sufoco", quando se está entediado é normal inventar mil coisas para fazer, quando a dispensa está vazia você cria um prato novo com aquilo que tem, quando quer agradar alguém - de forma inusitada - pensa em diversas opções para alcançar o objetivo.
Percebe como a criatividade faz parte das nossas vidas?! Não se considera criativo? Tudo bem. Esta "habilidade" pode aumentar com o uso. Isso mesmo, reservar alguns minutinhos do seu dia para exercitar a criativade já é o bastante para estimulá-la.
Para ajudarmos a entender melhor, o Yahoo conversou com a Gisela Kassoy, especialista em Criatividade e Inovação. Confira a seguir:

Gastos para educação

Inglês britânico

I hear what you say I disagree and do not want to discuss it further He accepts my point of view
With the greatest respect You are an idiot He is listening to me
That's not bad That's good That's poor
That is a very brave proposal You are insane He thinks I have courage
Quite good A bit disappointing Quite good
I would suggest Do it or be prepared to justify yourself Think about the idea, but do what you like
Oh, incidentally/ by the way The primary purpose of our discussion is That is not very important
I was a bit disappointed that I am annoyed that It doesn't really matter
Very interesting That is clearly nonsense They are impressed
I'll bear it in mind I've forgotten it already They will probably do it
I'm sure it's my fault It's your fault Why do they think it was their fault?
You must come for dinner It's not an invitation, I'm just being polite I will get an invitation soon
I almost agree I don't agree at all He's not far from agreement
I only have a few minor comments Please rewrite completely He has found a few typos
Could we consider some other options I don't like your idea They have not yet decided
The table points out that when Britons say 'I'm sure it's my fault', it actually means 'it's your fault'.

Estado parasítico

quarta-feira, 4 de setembro de 2013

Como o governo destroi a educação

By J. Andrews on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase
This is a must have book for parents and anyone interested in understanding our educational system. As a parent of 6 grown children I have wondered through the years, WHY all the different approaches in education have not seemed to enrich the process of learning in material and attitude. Why is there a growing deficit in critical thinking and why is there such a great amount of Federal Regulations that tie the hands of teachers in our local schools. Parents are suppose to feel that their children are safe and are being taught reading and writing skills and math and sciences but yet that is NOT the case. I feel sorry for most of our teachers who really would like to do what is best for our children but there are so many restraints and regulations to follow that teaching is a challenge. Yet we keep pouring money ( our tax dollars ) into our schools and are happy to do so because we want the best education and safe environment for our children.
If I were now raising my children through their educational years, I would most certainly HOME SCHOOL. The Federal Department of Education is directing what and how our children are being taught with the intention of dumbing down our children and their futures and Charlotte Iserbyt's book has all the documentation to prove that is the case. In fact, the Department of Education was established to hijack the education of American children.

Charlotte Iserbyt's new abridged book is easier to handle and read but her older book is also good to have as a reference for more documentation of what has been going on in the educational system. Much of the documentation will leave you shocked.
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10 lições em economia para todos

Economics in Ten Short Lessons

The great Austrian School economist Murray Rothbard not only advanced Austrian school economic theory and the history of economic thought, but he was also very talented at writing about economics in a fashion that an intelligent member of the general public could understand. Below are 10 short essays written for the general public by Rothbard that get to the core of economics and commonly held myths about economics. If you want to learn about economics, these essays are a great start.

segunda-feira, 2 de setembro de 2013

Dia da independência

História esquecida

A política e sociologia do "Der Ring"

Wagner's Ring and the Lust for Power
The Ring is not a fascist, or a socialist, or a communist work—understanding that fascism, socialism, and communism are three strains of the same species of collectivist political animal. These breeds are motivated foremost by their desire for power, acquired by whatever means necessary. For such people the end—to obtain measureless power to control others and rule one’s country and ultimately the world—justifies the means employed—murder, enslavement, gulags, and forced psychiatric hospitalization of dissidents.  The Ring warns against seeking power. It teaches instead that the pursuit of power is incompatible with a life of true feeling, that wielding power destroys the capacity for love and poisons people who seek it.

domingo, 1 de setembro de 2013

Inovação sem sucesso

O problema é a escola mesma

School is a prison — and damaging our kids

Longer school years aren't the answer. The problem is school itself. Compulsory teach-and-test simply doesn't work

Parents send their children to school with the best of intentions, believing that’s what they need to become productive and happy adults. Many have qualms about how well schools are performing, but the conventional wisdom is that these issues can be resolved with more money, better teachers, more challenging curricula and/or more rigorous tests.
But what if the real problem is school itself? The unfortunate fact is that one of our most cherished institutions is, by its very nature, failing our children and our society.
School is a place where children are compelled to be, and where their freedom is greatly restricted — far more restricted than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades, we have been compelling our children to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there is strong evidence (summarized in my recent book) that this is causing serious psychological damage to many of them. Moreover, the more scientists have learned about how children naturally learn, the more we have come to realize that children learn most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school.

O capitalismo pode sobreviver?

Joseph Schumpeter en su Capitalismo, socialismo y democracia contesta a la pregunta formulada en el título de esa nota con un rotundo “no, no creo que pueda”. Por su parte, Benjamin Rogge en Can Capitalism Survive? también es pesimista respecto al futuro de este sistema y Ludwig von Mises, en La mentalidad anticapitalista, detalla los motivos de los generalizados perjuicios contra ese orden social y, por último, para aludir a la bibliografía más relevante en la materia, dos ensayos largos, uno de Robert Nozick titulado “Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?” y otro de Friedrich Hayek titulado “The Intellectuals and Socialism”, que desde ángulos distintos centran su atención en la aversión al capitalismo por parte de muchos de los intelectuales.
Es por cierto un tema complejo pero antes de encararlo telegráficamente, señalo que me parece más preciso y ajustado a lo que se intenta describir, destacar que la expresión “liberalismo” es más apropiada que la de “capitalismo”. Esto nos parece así porque el primer término abarca múltiples aspectos de la condición humana, mientras que el segundo aparece como circunscripto a lo crematístico (además de ser una palabra acuñada por Marx). Esta objeción es en cierto sentido refutada por Michael Novak quien deriva la expresión de caput, es decir, de mente, de creatividad.