“It’s a leaderless movement” former House majority leader Dick Armey
The Tea Party movement in the US is an open source political protest. It emerged due to a substantial loss of government legitimacy (primarily from the mishandling of the global financial crisis) and continues to percolate as legitimacy continues to drain away from the government (health care, banking reform, unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcy, deficit, etc.). Here’s what open source means in this context:
from The Immanent Frame by Eduardo Mendieta
“While more think-tanks are appearing around the globe, individual think-tanks themselves are simultaneously globalising [by] executing global expansion strategies,” found the study, produced by James McGann, director of the ‘Think-Tanks and Civil Societies Program’ at the Philadelphia-based institution.
The idea of the resilient community clearly resonates. It makes a great deal of sense to many people and there are lots of efforts underway at transition. However, as always, the big question is: will these efforts be sufficient to make the transition before it becomes a necessity?
from caricaturque by kozyurt
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While human rights advocates have called for a ?full-spectrum? doctrine of fundamental freedoms encompassing economic and social liberties, pressure on public finances is beginning to threaten more basic civil and political rights already enshrined in law. As public authorities endeavour to reduce their expenditure, the principle that ?human rights must not become a political football? is more frequently put to the test.
Iceland leads the world in addressing pollution control and natural resource management challenges, according to the 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) produced by a team of environmental experts at Yale University and Columbia University. This is the third edition of the EPI, which has been revisited biannually since 2006.
The term “Byzantine strategy” immediately evokes thoughts of complexity, convolution, and duplicity. But despite these disparagements (which most likely originated from the council room rants of the simpler foes it routinely defeated), it clearly worked. No empire in history lasted as long as a contiguous entity, or maintained its societal complexity in as harsh an environment. There’s obviously something that can be learned from that experience.
This Valentine?s Day, Couples Cut Back on Gifts to Each Other, According to NRF Survey
Source: National Retail Federation
As husbands and wives across America continue to focus on reining in their spending, it seems couples this year plan to spend less on each other but more on their family, friends, co-workers?even their pets. According to NRF?s 2010 Valentine?s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, couples will spend an average of $63.34 on gifts for their significant other or spouse, compared to $67.22 last year. The average person will shell out $103.00 on traditional Valentine?s Day merchandise this year, similar to last year?s $102.50. Total holiday spending is expected to reach $14.1 billion.
Data Collection Methods: Semi-Structured Interviews and Focus Groups
Source: RAND Corporation
The authors developed an introductory short course on qualitative research methods. This document provides an annotated version of the course material, which includes an overview of semi-structured interviews and focus groups, two techniques that are commonly used in policy research and applicable to many research questions.