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Get Out Of The Materialism Trap NOW

Awesome video that should be compulsory viewing for us, who blissfully ignore the plight of the 90% of the world's population:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk1i7UGBz1Q

The reason why I post this in the Forgotten Ones project should be obvious after viewing the video.

Redesigning the introduction to minguo

Fred recently made some pertinent comments regarding the content of the front page:
http://en.minguo.info/blogs/fredgohlke/the_round_table#comment-1259

The very top of the front page links to the following article, which is indeed very un-inspiring:
http://en.minguo.info/node/27

Integrity in politics

I was reading Fred newest article which I strongly recommend:
http://en.minguo.info/book/fredgohlke/can_we_get_out_of_the_corrupt_poli...

One simple quote highlights one of the most fundamental flaws in our current society.

The politicians so selected are the least principled of our citizens, but are the only choices available to the American people in our "free" elections.

Observations from Steve Wright

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Wright
If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the guy who once said: "I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates."

His mind sees things differently than most of us do. Here are some of his gems:

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.

3 - Half the people you know are below average.

4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

5 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Users' Personal Books

I like a lot what Fred has done with his own personal book:
http://en.minguo.info/fred_gohlke
I would like to extend the concept to all trusted users.

I will make incremental changes so that each regular member can have its own personal book.
The personal books are single-author: each member can have its own.
The personal books are not dated: they can be updated by their author at any time to represent the best that it has to offer.
The personal books are not the place for discussion. Use blog entries for that.

Comments on Fred's Thoughts on Government: laws sunset

I enjoyed reading one of Fred's latest article: "Thoughts on government":
http://en.minguo.info/fred_gohlke/thoughts_on_government

I fully agree with the opening statement, regarding the three fundamental flaws of our government. His article directly inspired the poll this blog entry is attached to.

Fred, you write:

Nothing in our Constitution requires that laws be sunsetted.

Don't you mean the opposite: "Nothing in our Constitution prevent laws to be sunsetted"?

How to go from mob rule to intelligent rule?

This web site is dedicated to improving our democracies.
But I can help but pondering about the nature of democracy itself.

As noted in our wiki page about democracy:
http://en.minguo.info/wiki/democracy
Jefferson may have said:

Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.

How to go from mob rule to intelligent rule?

Taxonomy and tagging of content: preparatory work

Taxonomy = tagging of content

This blog entry is a status report regarding the use of taxonomy and content tagging in this site.

Although currently a work in progress, the site taxonomy, i.e. the way different pages are content are tagged according to topics, is an important way content is categorized.
The aims are:
- to allow users to find the most relevant content on any topic.
- find the most compelling content, whenever it was posted, newer content not necessarily being more interesting than older one.

Ask your questions here if you need technical help

This is a generic thread where you can ask any technical questions regarding this web site, maybe even report bugs, etc.

We have a growing Help section here:
http://en.minguo.info/help
Check it out. But if you don't find the answer to your question, ask in a comment below.
I'll do my best to assist you, and together we can improve the documentation.

Spotlight on fallacies in political discourse

This web site is mostly about politics. Also, we would like to welcome participants of any political persuasions. This obviously will bring about the worst in political discourse: disagreements that lead to arguments, name calling, and all kinds of fallacies usually found in political discourse.

I would like this web site to document all kinds of political fallacies, so that they can be properly recognized for what they are, and incite the future members to avoid them.

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