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UTC. The above YouTube video is Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC discussing Frances Perkins, the Labor Secretary for Franklin D. Roosevelt. She's the woman who came up with Social Security and made possible Medicare in the U.S.A. Those programs are very dear to me. I am currently receiving Social Security Disability and Medicare and Medicaid. I owe my survival and mental health and physical health to Frances Perkins. Both of my parents rely on their Social Security retirement incomes and Medicare health coverage.

I am extremely fortunate to be an American citizen and to have the support of my government. With these systems, I have a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) and 100% health care coverage. I may never be wealthy, but at least I am comfortable and able to participate in the economy. Without this help, I would be either homeless or dead. With it, I have computers, software, reliable transportation, an iPhone, cable TV, cable internet and a refrigerator and pantry stocked with healthy organic food. My basic human needs are met and I enjoy freedom and liberty and am able to pursue my own happiness in relative safety and security. I surf the web and I go to stores and buy stuff. I drive around.

PUBLIC INTEREST

I don't need to be rich to be happy. I remain a productive citizen by being creative and sharing my ideas and work when I am able to. I try very hard to serve the PUBLIC INTEREST. This NONPROFIT website is an example of that. This is my little OPEN and TRANSPARENT corner of the World Wide Web where I can speak my mind in plain and simple language to say something that needs to be said on behalf of the great unrepresented majority. I have a severe mental illness. I try to be OPEN and TRANSPARENT about it. My government knows me well. I have been vetted. I am allowed to speak these words. They haven't taken me down yet. They're still paying me. While I may be a highly imperfect and deeply flawed messenger, I believe my message will have resonance with the economic 99% - and the scientific community. That is my constituency. That's who's approval I am seeking. I am prepared to discuss the whole financial system. I want something to be done about this.

OPEN and TRANSPARENT
NAMI

As an educated layperson who is also a futurist and technologist in spirit, I see plenty of room for improvement and tremendous opportunities that are available to us given our modern tools which have heretofore been unavailable to humanity at large. While our government Social Security system works as designed by Frances Perkins and her mathematicians and long-term planners, it is an exception to the rule. On the whole, our financial system is clearly broken. Money transfers take days instead of seconds. Transaction fees and interest rates are usurious.

OPEN and TRANSPARENT Think BIG

Our government is a dysfunctional mess and we are in a state of crisis when it comes to funding our long-term social welfare and public infrastructure needs. We are in big trouble and need to make some major systemic changes to the way our economy operates. Our government is no longer capable of managing the task of responsible PUBLIC FUNDING for the long term. We cannot borrow or tax our way out of this. We need to look elsewhere. We have to entertain new ideas that are dramatically different than what we're getting out of our present leaders. We need more innovative and democratic solutions. Not everybody wears a business suit to work. Our leaders don't have to wear business suits.

Innovative Ideas

While plans for a utopia or panacea are unrealistic, we can clearly do much better than what we are doing today by using our computing and communication technologies to get us much closer to the ideal. If we migrate away from cash that needs to be stored in retail vaults and counted by tellers and clerks to virtual currencies, the engineers at Google or Amazon could design a better OPEN STANDARDS-based REAL TIME banking infrastructure than what we are getting from JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, BNY Mellon, U.S. Bancorp, HSBC, PNC Financial Services Group, Capital One, PayPal, MasterCard and Visa.

In the age of the global internet, these are obsolete undemocratic behemoths whose retail functions could be largely automated for the public good. I would trust my future to the engineers of M.I.T. or Silicon Valley over the bankers on Wall Street or the politicians in Washington, D.C. I propose we realistically consider our options and enlist the help of the educated smart people who are PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIANS rather than just the educated smart people who are economic and political sociopaths and gamesmen. We need new leadership and real democracy. Our banking system sucks. Our systems of PUBLIC FUNDING are corrupt and mismanaged by professional bureaucrats, the vast majority of whom are neither TRANSPARENT nor TRUTHFUL nor concerned with the welfare of the majority.

While our current system provides for my modest personal needs as a disabled American, I think that we have the technology today to upgrade our financial system to something that is much more useful and effective in addressing poverty, health care and the greenhouse gas emissions caused by our present-day carbon-based energy infrastructure. We can migrate to a system that transfers the PUBLIC FUNDING role from coercive taxation by the state to FIRST PRINCIPLE-based financing using smart electronic currencies issued by a completely modernized geographically distributed online central bank with a decentralized computing infrastructure.

This is one possible way to transition very quickly away from the petroleum economy to a highly automated green economy as soon as humanly possible to efficiently address climate change using all the modern resources at our disposal. This is a high technology Libertarian solution that Capitalists and Progressives and Socialists alike will appreciate. This is the socially and environmentally responsible brand of Libertarianism, not the Ayn Rand "fend-for-yourself and screw everybody else" brand of Libertarianism. We cannot satisfy all of these parties simultaneously using our current physical systems. We care about people yet seek to automate their jobs. How can they keep their income without their jobs?

Automation and globalization displace human workers. I propose a system that addresses the needs of these displaced workers, many of whom will be the bankers and insurers whose functions I am suggesting we automate. We cannot responsibly envision massive automation and global FREE trade without considering the plight of the poor and unemployed. Human beings are more important than corporate profits. We know what computers can do. It's time to let the ROBOTS serve the interests of the majority of human beings.

Eye and Pyramid Banking Reform Challenge

We need worldwide solutions to our urgent global problems that can be enacted much more quickly than our current cash currency-based systems will permit. We have to think beyond the capabilities of individual nation states about solutions that can only be achieved by humankind as a whole.

Most strife in the world is caused by poverty and conflict that results from ignorance and corruption. I propose that we use our computing and communications technologies to address all of these problems directly and immediately by calling upon the scientific community and high technology sectors to reform and automate the banking sector to the greatest degree possible. If we think of the whole system as a virtual reality game and move beyond cash currencies, we can devise mechanisms to provide a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) and FREE universal healthcare for citizens of all ages everywhere without taxation or runaway inflation. If we start over with these GOALS in mind, why not design a system that is a win/win for all parties?

The internet gives us options that Frances Perkins could not have foreseen. We have the technology now to create a whole new ball game that respects the priorities of the rich and poor alike. The purpose of the monetary system should be to encourage and support participation in healthy trade by all members of society. Creating new markets and ensuring universal voluntary participation should be priority one. Our money should support our shared social and environmental GOALS and VALUES by its very design. We need to redefine commerce. Presently, the wrong people are calling the shots and greed rules. We can correct that by carefully designing a more INTELLIGENT and accountable and OPEN and TRANSPARENT democratic system.

Democrats and Republicans

I believe that we can unite the political left and right by designing a system that addresses the need for significant increases in PUBLIC FUNDING by addressing our common social and environmental needs without punishing wealthy individuals and entrepreneurs. However, I would significantly transform the banking sector by automating most retail banking functions such as checking and savings and consumer credit cards.

Rather than having a central bank such as the U.S. Federal Reserve bank fund the economy by purchasing bonds and providing near zero-interest loans to commercial banks who then provide consumer credit at significantly higher interest rates, I would generate electronic capital that is provided directly to consumers without intermediaries from the central bank itself. It's a FREE NONPROFIT bank. With automation, we can eliminate the middle man and ensure that 100% of financial resources are used directly in commerce without being siphoned off by a financial services sector that is using automation, marketing, processing delays and complex financial instruments to simply game the system at the expense of businesses and consumers.

Automation should serve the public first, not punish it or fine it for simply engaging in trade. In the 21st century, we can create new mechanisms of PUBLIC FUNDING that don't require selling government bonds and passing on public debt to future generations. That is not ethical or sustainable in a global free-trade economy. We need a better system that relieves the public from the harm caused by short-sighted politicians who undemocratically incur state debt which cannot be repaid without levels of taxation that are politically unachievable.

We need to find ways to turn over the PUBLIC FUNDING mechanisms to the global scientific community rather than the politicians who lack the knowledge and skill and foresight and integrity to address our urgent problems in the time frames required to avoid senseless and avoidable environmental and social harm. We have to change the game. Money doesn't have to be the root of all evil.

Commerce
Department of Commerce
The U.S. Dollar

In a more INTELLIGENT REAL TIME system, certain forms of smart currencies may be used for specific purposes or be set to expire or convert to other forms upon certain conditions or after certain clearly defined social and environmental objectives have been met. The idea is to provide for a high quality of living in modernity with maximum freedom and civil liberties for the vast majority of citizens. If you are going to introduce some new capital into the world economy, this is the way to do it, not by creating public and private and consumer debt. In a democracy, you have to be smarter than that. I'm very passionate about this. I'll say it on the record for the archives.

The U.S. Federal Reserve System

Once we go virtual with our money, we can do amazing things and increase participation in the economy by enabling the poor to become consumers which vastly expands the market for producers. This is a method of producing new markets where there was once no money or natural resources. Such a system will provide new opportunities for international trade and wealth creation in a way that brings undeveloped nations into modernity by directly addressing poverty and corruption on a global scale.

I'm interested in using the internet to create a global infrastructure for REAL TIME electronic banking with our computers and mobile devices in a system that is specifically designed to avoid financial transaction fees and merchant fees and interest rates and taxes. I believe that REAL TIME banking should be a FREE public utility that can fund itself. Obviously, this means that you need to trust the bank to protect your privacy, which means you don't design such systems to be accountable to the existing systems which are administratively corrupt and far from democratic. You need new mechanisms of ACCOUNTABILITY, SECURITY and TRANSPARENCY. Our current systems don't fit the bill because they are not accountable to the general citizenry, secure from unREASONABLE searches and seizure and transparent to the greatest degree possible. The majority of the world's people are broke and corruption and graft and theft are widespread. We can fix this by purposefully and intentionally designing systems to address these realities.

I envision a world in which everybody who wants to have a smart phone with internet access can have one for FREE and the central bank provides FREE accounts directly to these citizens without forcing the public to rely on intermediary for-profit banks. Such a bank would use electronic currencies that are programmable. The banking functions would be governed by secular FIRST PRINCIPLES that ensure that the rules for grants and loans adhere to the public and environmental interest at all times. Such a system would not eliminate for profit commercial banks and investment banks, but it would provide a FREE low level REAL TIME banking infrastructure upon which higher level for-profit banking functions would operate. Fundamentally, the NONPROFIT layer would provide FREE online REAL TIME banking services that would take over the checking and savings functions of brick and mortar cash-based retail banks. If a casino needs financing, however, they can try their luck with a for-profit bank.

The objective is to use modern automation and computing services to serve the public first rather than using automation to simply perpetuate the wealth of the banking sector itself. The current system of taxation and monetary distribution is fatally flawed by our broken political processes in which the interests of the majority take a back seat to corporate profit interests. Most politicians simply act on behalf of their sponsors which means de facto that bribery is the law of the land. Fund-raising is Job #1. A government Of, By and For "We the People" is now an unfulfilled collective wish. We have the collective power and intelligence to fix these problems quickly. We have the technology to make a QUANTUM LEAP today without incurring more public debt.

Monetary System

We have to rethink the whole economic system from the smartphone up. Can we come up with a monetary system that doesn't require coercive taxation, yet provides for the basic human rights to clean drinking water, electricity, internet access, the best available health care, healthy food and green transportation? Yes. The whole communications and transportation and energy infrastructure needs to be upgraded on a global scale as soon as possible. So how soon IS possible, if we use all the tools that we have at our disposal today? In order to get the money for that so that we can do everything that needs to be done as soon as humanly possible, we can come up with a new smarter monetary system from scratch.

I suggest we let the world scientific community figure out a better system from a global perspective. I'm confident that they're capable of figuring something out that has a robust budget for science and health care and green energy and global scale infrastructure upgrades. We can reward the merchants when the consumers consume their products and services. We can keep track of those kinds of numbers.

We need new sources of PUBLIC FUNDING. We can think up monetary systems that don't require taxation and that don't permit poverty and unnecessary suffering and untreated illness at the same time. We need to help each other get our collective problems solved by placing science and the PUBLIC INTEREST ahead of banks and insurance companies. These are worthwhile philanthropic, humanitarian and environmental GOALS that are achievable today if we put our heads together. With these DESIGN GOALS as a starting point, we should be able to get everybody on the same page in order to achieve a basic and fundamental CONSENSUS. This is a call to action. This is a page. You're on it. We need to Think BIG.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming. -Ken


Sciences

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Science \Sci"ence\, noun [F., fr. L. scientia, fr. sciens, -entis, p. pr. of scire to know. Cf. {Conscience}, {Conscious}, {Nice}.]

1. Knowledge; knowledge of principles and causes; ascertained truth of facts.

If we conceive God's sight or science, before the creation, to be extended to all and every part of the world, seeing everything as it is, . . . his science or sight from all eternity lays no necessity on anything to come to pass. --Hammond.

Shakespeare's deep and accurate science in mental philosophy. --Coleridge.

2. Accumulated and established knowledge, which has been systematized and formulated with reference to the discovery of general truths or the operation of general laws; knowledge classified and made available in work, life, or the search for truth; comprehensive, profound, or philosophical knowledge.

All this new science that men lere [teach]. --Chaucer.

Science is . . . a complement of cognitions, having, in point of form, the character of logical perfection, and in point of matter, the character of real truth. --Sir W. Hamilton.

3. Especially, such knowledge when it relates to the physical world and its phenomena, the nature, constitution, and forces of matter, the qualities and functions of living tissues, etc.; -- called also {natural science}, and {physical science}.

Voltaire hardly left a single corner of the field entirely unexplored in science, poetry, history, philosophy. --J. Morley.

4. Any branch or department of systematized knowledge considered as a distinct field of investigation or object of study; as, the science of astronomy, of chemistry, or of mind.

Note: The ancients reckoned seven sciences, namely, grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy; -- the first three being included in the Trivium, the remaining four in the Quadrivium.

Good sense, which only is the gift of Heaven, And though no science, fairly worth the seven. --Pope.

5. Art, skill, or expertness, regarded as the result of knowledge of laws and principles.

His science, coolness, and great strength. --G. A. Lawrence.

Note: Science is applied or pure. Applied science is a knowledge of facts, events, or phenomena, as explained, accounted for, or produced, by means of powers, causes, or laws. Pure science is the knowledge of these powers, causes, or laws, considered apart, or as pure from all applications. Both these terms have a similar and special signification when applied to the science of quantity; as, the applied and pure mathematics. Exact science is knowledge so systematized that prediction and verification, by measurement, experiment, observation, etc., are possible. The mathematical and physical sciences are called the exact sciences.

{Comparative sciences}, {Inductive sciences}. See under {Comparative}, and {Inductive}.

Syn: Literature; art; knowledge.

Usage: {Science}, {Literature}, {Art}. Science is literally knowledge, but more usually denotes a systematic and orderly arrangement of knowledge. In a more distinctive sense, science embraces those branches of knowledge of which the subject-matter is either ultimate principles, or facts as explained by principles or laws thus arranged in natural order. The term literature sometimes denotes all compositions not embraced under science, but usually confined to the belles-lettres. [See {Literature}.] Art is that which depends on practice and skill in performance. "In science, scimus ut sciamus; in art, scimus ut producamus. And, therefore, science and art may be said to be investigations of truth; but one, science, inquires for the sake of knowledge; the other, art, for the sake of production; and hence science is more concerned with the higher truths, art with the lower; and science never is engaged, as art is, in productive application. And the most perfect state of science, therefore, will be the most high and accurate inquiry; the perfection of art will be the most apt and efficient system of rules; art always throwing itself into the form of rules." --Karslake.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Science \Sci"ence\, verb (used with an object) To cause to become versed in science; to make skilled; to instruct. [R.] --Francis.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

science

noun

1: a particular branch of scientific knowledge; "the science of genetics" [syn: {science}, {scientific discipline}]

2: ability to produce solutions in some problem domain; "the skill of a well-trained boxer"; "the sweet science of pugilism" [syn: {skill}, {science}]


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