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Energy, education, health - all of these are huge issues. Perhaps as a compoent of health we can include food or nutrition as well. Fundamentally, I believe that all of these issues involve or are controlled by economics, and I see a significant shift occurring that raises great concern.
These resources to date have been governed by the American system of capitalism, but how might this change if America's position in the world shifts economically?
How will the world treat America if it is not the world's greatest economic superpower anymore? Who and how will humanity govern its allocation of resources if America cannot enforce the rules of the game?
I worry that as our foreign trade deficits mount, domestic spending to fight terrorism, and the huge social securty deficit becomes exposed how will America be able to control or at least serve to provide a structure of stability in tomorrow's world?
As our political leadership fails to reveal these concerns, what will happen?
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Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this phenomenon happens in the pharmaceutical world, companies quickly apply for broad protection of their patents, which can last up to 20 years, and fence off research areas for others. The result of this? They stay at the top of the ladder, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation the same as product invention. Companies should still receive an incentive for coming up with new products, he says, but not 20 years if the product is the result of "tweaking" an existing one.
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