I recently saw a comic by Joel Pett that made me realize that the climate change debate is more about money, marketing, and control that it is about the climate. The comic depicted a lecture on climate where the presenter (possibly Al Gore) had a slide with a few bullets; Energy Independence, Preserve Rain forests, Sustainability, Green Jobs, Livable Cities, Healthy Children, etc, etc. At the same time, a guy in the back of the lecture hall says, “What if it’s a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?”
Climate Summit by Joel Pett
So what’s wrong with the above comic? It’s troll propaganda. Most people have have issues with how the current climate change debate is framed are not concern about creating a better world for nothing. I believe the better question is “What if it’s a big hoax and we create a better world for whom and for how much?” I also have issues with the bullet points in the slide. I would have changed them to Carbon Cap, Consumption Tax, CRV Fee, Force Relocation, etc, etc.
Take green jobs for example. It’s been recently reported that a $500 million green job program run by the government has been mostly a failure, with only about 15% of participants landing jobs. Another half a billion dollar failure in the green job sector has been Solyndra. After receiving over $500 million loan from the federal government Solyndra still went bankrupt.
Climate change is normal planetary and geological evolution, just like continental drift, but certainly pollution and high emissions don’t have not helped to maintain the climate at which humans prefer. But having lived through the financial mismanagement in part both by the government and the financial institutions that are paid to manage financial risk, I can assure that any effort or agreement on climate change will not benefit the people.
Here are the top links, articles, and news regarding social networking sites such as FaceBook. The big news this month was continual decay of users’ privacy on FaceBook. There has been an general outrage and growing distrust with the crew at FaceBook.
Users naturally get upset when someone pulls a bait and switch wool over their eyes and put in place a subscription model on what used to be free content. Building a community and building a business around a community are not the same thing. This is especially true when a community organically develops around a previously free model. People invest their time and energy around the community but as soon as a pay wall goes up the social contract gets replace with a bottom line. I understand that people need to make money, we don’t like in communist Russia, but lets not forget that communist China is the fastest growing economy.
Andrew Warner, the founder of the startup and entrepreneurship focused site Mixergy, changed his site so that content older than a week is only available to paid subscribers. There is nothing wrong with making a buck, and I am sure he will do okay, but by making a quick buck we actually short our users. Funny enough, Andrew has interviewed dozens of successful entrepreneurs that have made a successful business by providing free content to build a platform to spring board their business.
Leo Laporte has built a podcasting empire with shows like This Week in Tech, MacBreak Weekly, Security Now, FLOSS Weekly and many more. Leo podcasts are ad supported and he spent a lot of time in making sure the ads are relevant to his audience. Another example and another entrepreneur whom Andrew has interviewed is Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary started out by making video reviews of wines for his blog. The video reviews where free but they where also presented and sponsored by his real business Wine Library. Gary has now moved on to write a book Crush It! A similar story can be told of Seth Godin. Seth writes freely available essays on his blog and writes a large number of books based on his writing. Seth has also “spun off” several online business. It is important to make the mental distinction that the free blog, podcast, essays are distinct from the paid service, product, or business. You don’t monetize your community by slapping a price tag on them.
Newsday recently learned by putting up a pay wall to your content does not lead to immediate success. Newsday is a half a billion dollar business and recently made the move to make their content online accessible to paid subscribers for a $5/week subscription. It is reported that after three months Newsday was able to sign up a mere 35 subscribers. I know Andrew will fair better than Newsday, there are a lot of passionate startup founders and entrepreneurs, but the complete and utter failure of Newsday is worth nothing. Subscription model to web content is not an original idea. It is not a purple cow, it will not help you get viral, it introduces money to the equation and money has a different expectation.
Here I am reblogging some retweets for the past month that broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events that occurred in November 2009. If you like to follow along, befriend xwoop and lolprez and I’ll be sure to follow back.
Obama bow down when you come to my town. Obama bows down to the King of Saudi Arabia, Emperor of Japan, and Goldman Sachs.
Did President Obama pardon the turkey or bow down to it?
Trick or treat? Saving or creating jobs? Which one is it?
The state dinner crashers will be put on no fly list and, considered traitors, and are declared enemies of the state. No soup for you!
The United States does not control it’s own destiny any more.
The state is the enemy of itself.
Zombies have infiltrated all branches of our government.
Lady Gaga for Secretary of State!!!
The government is not to big to FAIL! It fails everyday…
Hip Hop don’t stop but hope don’t float.
Read what the CIA reads, not what the CIA writes.
Lest we forget, politics is more than hope, promises, and speeches.
When blue collar jobs disappear, white collar jobs will follow, and when white collar jobs are gone, we will all be left shirtless.
In the future you will need a high school diploma, a BS, and MBA, and a PHD to get hired for a job.
Investment bankers are just banksters, a college degree or two of separation from your typical mafia gangsters.
The oldest scam in the book: there is a great fortune and it is all yours if you pay up front a finders, commission, transaction fee…
Some people are hungry with their eyes, not with their inner being, so they are never satisfied with what they have.
Every time I go to the bank there is a hold up, but not by a stereotypical bank robber, the bank is robbing customers with crazy fees…
You know what they say “the taller they are the harder they fall” but in financial terms “you are too big to FAIL.”
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, put some in a basket in a Swiss bank deposit box too.
The economy requires new markets, since the world is flat we are running out of physical markets. We need to invent new virtual ones.
The Cold Cash War: The US and China are fighting an economic cold cash war with weak currencies.
Some create supply, others create demand, but the successful capitalist creates the illusion of supply and demand.
In the last month, more people have died from land mines than from swine flu! There is no vaccine for stepping in a land mine.
Everybody is a fiend for the vaccine.
Some go coo coo for cocoa puffs, others go pandemonium for swine flu pandemics.
The bridge to the future starts off a the bridge to no where.
The new world religion is green and all that don’t believe are heretics that will burned alive in a CO2 filled green house.
Nothing says “I Love You” like blood diamonds.
News don’t sell, it is speculations and opinions of news that sells.
Israeli pirates hijack container ship off the coast of Cyprus.
There are lies, damn lies, and statistics… And damn statistics, and news headlines.
There is no cure all for the health industry.
I hate to say it but the next Watergate scandal will not be broken by the New York Times but by TMZ.
OH: You didn’t eat good and eating is good.
OH: wouldn’t it be kewl if they connect FarmVille and Cafe World so that your restaurant can get fresh organic food from your friends farm?
OH: I’m single but never alone.
OH: He is not to smart, he is to busy to be smart.
OH: That ain’t no muffin top, that’s a muffin cake!
OH: He is all sweaty, he looks like he was running or he killed someone.
Prediction 2010: we will had adjuvants in cereal.
Prediction 2010: Obama will bow down to Price and Queen Latifah.
The BART police is giving a bad name to BART riders.
If you believe in God I have some indulgences I like to sell you.
It is best to have more suggestions than complains.
It is best to have more ideas than opinions.
Homelessness is not helplessness.
In the future there will be vaccine for individualism.
Being green of envy for green backs does not make you green.
I’m trying very hard to not have to work so hard.
I am not much concerned with real piracy, or music piracy, but privacy piracy.
Love = 60% chemical imbalance + 30% irrational behavior + 20% (age * loneliness)
Love is a four letter word
There is love potions but is there a love vaccine?
A book is heavier than the Internet.
Old teachers don’t change, they just get revised answer keys.
Saying “that is so high school” is so middle school.
For every attractions there is an equal and sometimes opposite reaction.
I’ve heard of “pay to play” but never “pay to pitch.”
Why am I awake, I should be in hibernate mode.
The day after Turkey Day is Leftover Day.
It seems that everybody in the streets has been infected with Mad Turkey Disease. Everyone is going gaga for the gobble gobble.
Opinions are the opiates of the arrogant.
It is true that these hips don’t lie but they sure know how to tell a tall tale.
It’s Yahweh or the high way.
Don’t try to make something that is not into something that it won’t.
The holidays, are they about spending time with family or trying to impress family?
If God is from Heaven, is he an illegal alien?
In what do atheists trust if they don’t trust in God?
Which came first, the chicken or God?
Do you pay full attention or do you try to get attention at a discount?
Do you pull your weight or push your weight around?
If you got it should you sell it, save it, or work it?
Are you in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal market?
Are you a code breaker or a code whisperer?
Are you a go getter, go doer, or a gopher (go-for this, go go-for that)?
Self help or self made?
Which is worst, “not too bad” or “not too good”?
How many human beings have ever lived?
Is your past holding back your future?
Why is it that most of the top blogs are about SEO and blogging?
Do you look at the road ahead or the road behind?
Why isn’t palindrome not spelled palindromemordnilap?
Did you know there is a ‘Poetry – Undead’ book genre?
Are you a spring chicken or a fall turkey?
Is love blind or is love blinding?
When will private water bottling companies take over public water utilities companies?