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If you’re serious about stopping “climate change”please read this: All of it.

Source: The Activists Who Embrace Nuclear Power | The New Yorker

This article is as close to “Truth” as any I’ve read in many years. Without criticizing any of the “mythology” presented regarding energy over the last 40 years, it tells an objective story about how we’ve been convinced that the “boogieman” stories about nuclear power are true.

The overarching message is that we do have the technologies and tools to support the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and its need for absolute electricity reliability.

Among the “Stakeholders” I’ve always been devoutly loyal to are the environment and reduction of the air pollution that’s killing ten times as many people as Covid.

I’m also a huge fan of wind, and solar generation, because it can reduce pollution by using it in ways that are still considered “heresy” by the same interest groups promoting nuclear fear.

The nature of “stakeholder” capitalism starts by identifying fundamental truths, then examining those truths in the light of “will they be transparently beneficial to all of the stakeholders,” then assembling the businesses and elements in a way that will capture those benefits.

It starts as a seemingly impossible maze and results in harmony that all stakeholders, including the audience, will enjoy participating in.

An Agenda for Genuine Financial Reform – CAPITAL INSTITUTE

This just came to my inbox, and I haven’t read it, but I know John’s thinking has been like breathing fresh air after 30 years of doing developments in ways considered almost mystical.

In developing private power projects on three continents and getting them financed in ways that caused the World Bank to call me to their Washington D.C. office, to tell me I must cease and desist this disruptive approach.

They were too late, because, when the relationships, understandings, benefits, and probability all come together, as this approach also imagines, it’s alive, everyone has ownership, understands, and stands together through the challenges, and the “unimaginable” becomes the new reality.

I cannot describe the joy that brings to the composer, and I’m still trying to learn how to teach the “magic,” but I do know that it works and keeps on working with the “stakeholders” having the pride of a team like Manchester United.

And, though I’ve experienced that kind of joy and unity before, I thought I was going to die before anyone would be interested again in learning it.

Until synchronicity brought John’s 2015-Regenerative-Capitalism 4-20-15 to my attention, and I started reading it. It’s like a diary of everything I know and have seen working.

Click to access 2015-Regenerative-Capitalism-4-20-15-final.pdf

And the book “A Finer Future” that he wrote in collaboration with my highly respected friend L. Hunter Lovins, Stewart Wallis, and Anders Wijkman is also a book about a dream I fiercely believe in.

The difference that no one of late, has any idea of is that I’m not hoping it will work, I’ve seen it, and FELT how it works.

I know how “Right Relationship” feels, Viewing wealth “holistically,” “Innovative, adaptive, responsive.” How else are you going to build from dynamic elements? Empowered Participation. That’s what makes teams like Manchester who they are. Honors Community and Place. That’s what Manchester’s flag represents. Edge Effect abundance-essential. That’s what keeps outsiders from ripping at the perimeters of the community. Robust Circulatory flow. That’s why the community needs a heart. A heart that understands that prosperity depends on healthy flow Seeks Balance. No, it craves balance. It feels imbalanced, and when properly designed, is the unseen gravity that pulls and holds everything together.

Our current and modern economy is experiencing more and more entropy. President Trump is doing his best to accelerate the entropy that causes economies and societies to fall into anarchy.

When I do get blindsided by “news,” it’s making me feel like his childish attitude is “By God, if I don’t get to rule, I’m gonna make sure there’s nothing left for anyone to rule.”

But, from another perspective, I recognize why Shiva-The Destroyer, is part of the Hindu trinity.

Shiva destroys the universe at the end of a cycle, to allow a fresh new “creation” to begin.

My personal faith is unconditional love, but the pragmatist in me has also seen the green field in the high pastures of the Himalayas growing from the blackened slopes of November.

Regenerative needs to start years ago, but the manipulation of money, as John points out, has been proliferating falsehood of the magnitude of the Roman Catholic church’s insistence that the universe revolves around the earth.

It’s a time to start laying down the aces in the deck that “regenerative” is still quietly holding, and I pray that we can start putting down our personal and business agenda’s long enough to co-create the new economy that can be designed to heal the earth.

Source: An Agenda for Genuine Financial Reform – CAPITAL INSTITUTE

Lebanon: from Ponzi to Antifragility | by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Jul, 2020 | Medium

And, I can’t be happier to see the antifragility spreading everywhere. Including those areas where the Altresco collaborative is preparing the “new” economies made possible by the disruption and failure of what has been the existing reality.

What we see in Africa is an opportunity, through reorganization, to open the doors for 350 million new consumers, which will be helping reduce CO2, through drawdown that today’s consumer consumption by combustion approach to the existing reality has been stomping into the dirt and hopelessness of abject poverty.
And we don’t plan to be bragging about “how” we’re doing it, although I’m open to some public speaking as people began to “notice” that something seems to be changing for the better.

Source: Lebanon: from Ponzi to Antifragility | by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Jul, 2020 | Medium

Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the Wizard of Schenectady | History | Smithsonian Magazine

Once again, I find a beautifully and thoughtfully written amendment to something I thought I knew all about.

And, it does create a clear distinction between “energy” and electricity, and for me highlights the core complexity of how electrical systems work.

Wizard, Mathematical and electricity systems genius, and what my perception also recognizes as a “magician.”

I’ve been hearing and appreciating variations on the Henry Ford story for decades, but this is the first time the “details” have been explained in a way that creates clarity, context, and an ever deeper admiration.

Source: Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the Wizard of Schenectady | History | Smithsonian Magazine

Africa Doesn’t Need More Development Aid, It Needs More Capitalism

This is what decades of aid have accomplished. It’s called dependence.

Now, Altresco has joined an alliance with Kenyan entrepreneurs to bring the regenerative capitalism that will turn large parts of this desert green.

Source: Africa Doesn’t Need More Development Aid, It Needs More Capitalism

The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

Following the same processes and practices as everyone else is proving to be disastrous. We’re killing the only planet we are genetically engineered to live on.

But the “stockholders” have been demanding the continuous growth that mainstream economists seem locked into.

Regenerative capitalism will work, but not fast enough to save us. The advertising budget for the “consumption” economy is 50 times bigger than the outlier regenerative, or donut economy evangelists.
COVID 19 is demonstrating how far we are past the “carrying” capacity.

Will we listen? No.

But I’ll never stop hoping our outlier efforts will become even more contagious than Covid.
The “Pre-Covid” mindset was killing more people every month than the pandemic total has,

It’s time to be brave and realize that there are options the swarm will never know if we don’t start getting louder.

We must discover the mindset we need to reap the biggest rewards.

Source: The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

Will we take Covid 19’s message seriously?

Covid 19 is highlighting severe pollution problems for what they are.

“Climate Change” is debatable, deniable, and “marketable.” It sells tons of advertising, raises billions of dollars, and is not measurable or viable in the minds of consumers.

That has made it an endless topic with high polarization, and absolutely no incentive for any of the parties to “end the debate.”

Pollution, however, is a whole different topic that the entire global economy has been trying to avoid.

But, thank God for Covid 19 because it’s bringing down the “pollution economy,” to a level that’s not hard to miss. Without it, the world would just keep chugging along will millions of unheralded deaths written into the externalized cost of production, and economic gain.

These maps serve to highlight the dark side of the industrial machine that’s been spending anything it takes to keep awareness away from the ugliness of producing all of those popular consumables that “marketing” is selling us. 

In taking a close look at the “before and after” satellite pollution photos of Italy, then looking at the covid 19 death concentration area, I found a match.

The most polluted area of Italy, where the entire population is already suffering from pollution-caused respiratory distress, is experiencing the most deathly outcomes from Covid 19.

It’s eery, to see how closely the Covid 19 Death tolls, are in the heart of the “Pollution district.”

Now that you’ve seen the correlation in Italy, you can imagine just how ridiculously absurd China’s state press assertions have been.

The 2019 picture gives a hint of why over 110,000 Chinese people are dying from pollution caused by pneumonia, lung cancer, and high blood pressure/stokes.

Here is the China “before, and after” comparison.

The Covid 19, 3,300 are only the deaths of the 3,300 fatalities they tested. 

The rest are just voiceless ashes in the thousands of urns stacking up outside of crematoriums.

The deaths from lung cancer, and high blood pressure strokes, don’t count. They’re not Covid 19; they are just dead.

Wuhan is only the small brown area southwest of the giant dark zone.

Imagine what it’s like living in those areas.

Due to the Covid shutdowns, 100s of millions are enjoying the first breaths of fresh air that Chinese millennials have experienced.

A question I’m going to be waiting for, it “Will the dark area pollution workers return to the hell they’ve been living in?

Forcing people to go back to work in the deadly conditions is tantamount to execution.

The new question for the fossil fuel industry is “Given what we’ve learned via the “Covid 19” teachings, are you comfortable with continuing the “execution by pollution” that is preserving your profits? “

The hundreds of millions of lives being lost to pollution will resume without resolution if we don’t sieze this opportunity today.

We can’t let Covid 19 pass without pursuing the real problem that Covid 19 victims have given their lives for.

A response to Trump’s misleading bravado.

Tired of staying home all day?
Bored with television?
Feel a need to help the less fortunate?
Concerned about your health and  frustrated because you can’t get tested?Want to conserve water and save the planet?Got a sandwich bag, a padded envelope, and a few stamps?
Try this:

FedEx and Express Mail will get it there soonest and will even provide a “free” box.  
Do not fax.

And, for the rest of us, the time has never been better to check in on our friends and family using Whatsapp, Skype,Messenger, or telephone.

Kindness seems to be going viral even faster than the Covid 19 virus.

Panic Turns to Patience: Day 4 of Quarantine in Spain

Apartment Courtyards in Barcelona

Covid 19 is starting to bring out the best in people. This article is an encouraging read.

Source: Panic Turns to Patience: Day 4 of Quarantine in Spain

“What else has to happen in Italy for Spain to close everything down? Have they not learned anything from us?” This past Friday, March 13th, on my way home from running one last errand in Barcelona…

Supply chain experts: Foods that could be less available in pandemic

I appreciate this pragmatic observation. Those who take the time to think do have an advantage in surviving crisis without suffering needlessly.

Stuck rationing toilet paper because you didn’t stockpile during coronavirus panic? Don’t worry, it will soon overflow in grocery stores aisles, according to supply chain experts. But a few food items may start to dwindle.

Source: Supply chain experts: Foods that could be less available in pandemic