<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8930" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/truth.jpg" alt="truth" width="886" height="336" />Over in the <a href="https://twitter.com/makemeaningfulw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>Make Meaningful Work</strong></a> discussion group, we got into a dialogue this past week about Fake News. Won't go into everything here, suffice to say that the following is an <strong>edited</strong> version of the email I posted into the group and now sharing to a wider audience.<!--more-->

I suggested that we could look to maps as a metaphor for truth. For context, take a read of this. Essentially, the author is expounding on an increasing problem that Google and other global cartographers are facing.

I would summarize the challenge as a global context versus a national context … which I would suggest is akin to the ‘bubbles’ we live in.

If you are brought up in the UK, you have a history that you are taught. In France, likewise. In the USA – again. Here’s the question – are all those histories identical? I would suggest not. There are subtle differences and perspectives even in how things are worded.

Inside a nation, your bubble if you will, there is a truth that you generally hold to be absolute. But when you compare to other histories, discrepancies start to appear.

Maps are perfect to demonstrate the challenge.

  • is Kashmir part of India, Pakistan or its own separate state?
  • is Northern Ireland part of Eire or the UK?
  • is Taiwan part of China or an independent sovereign state?
  • is Hawaii the 50th State of the USA, or a sovereign nation under occupation?

…. you see, what I mean? Let’s extend it further.

In the USA, particularly during the 70s and 80s, large numbers of people in the USA, particularly Irish-Americans, supported the IRA. Wikipedia on NORAID. And whether or not Wikipedia is right or wrong about NORAID, it, there is no dispute that USA support for the IRA in their struggle to ‘liberate Northern Ireland’ as strong. All good. Let’s agree that Ireland belongs to Eire – and should be returned.

Now let’s head over to the other Ocean and ask whether Hawaii should also be liberated and returned to the status of sovereign state, as its had been for hundreds of years, complete with a monarchy.

Say what?

It isn’t really taught in US history books, but Hawaii existed as a sovereign nation for centuries until, in 1893, the USA  overthrew the Queen in what today we would call a coup and annexed the islands to the US.

Take a read. And if that peaks your interest – pop over and have a read of the  The Blount Report.

The Blount Report “first provided evidence that officially identified the United States’ complicity in the lawless overthrow of the lawful, peaceful government of Hawaii.” Blount concluded that U.S. Minister to Hawaii John L. Stevens had carried out unauthorized partisan activities, including the landing of U.S. Marines under a false or exaggerated pretext, to support the anti-royalist conspirators; that these actions were instrumental to the success of the revolution; and that the revolution was carried out against the wishes of a majority of the population of Hawaii.

but then

The Blount Report was followed in 1894 by the Morgan Report, which contradicted Blount’s report by concluding that all participants except for Queen Liliʻuokalani were “not guilty”.

Which is right?

I don’t know. But truth is not only about what you want. Or what you believe. And it is consistent.

We all have out own truths, out beliefs, our prejudices, more often than not based on how we were brought up … and where. It is hard in the mists of history to right wrongs. And even if you could – for who’s benefit? Case in point … should Northern Ireland be removed from the UK? As recently as last year nearly two thirds of the people in Northern Ireland wanted to remain as part of the UK. (Though admittedly – since Brexit, that might have changed.)

See, It’s complicated.

What is not complicated is to point out to anybody that just because whatever truth you have about some aspect of the world, you almost certainly hold a contradiction. And I think that’s because we all have our own truths that we are taught from the beginning in our schools. And the truth we are taught are dependent on where in the world those schools are – and who is controlling what we are taught.

Truth? Can You Handle The Truth? …. and at least keep an open mind.

            It is Friday. The end of the week - but not the end of the world. This is my third post on the 'Topic of Tuesday' .... and (for now at least) will be my last.

I will explain why I am stopping at the end, but first, if you only read one link through this post – this is it. And as you read it, know that it is dated July 23rd. This not a Monday Morning Quarterback piece – it is a well written thoughtful opinion piece by Tobias Stone as to what might be going on in the world, even before last Tuesday.

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True Story


Sitting at the bar, I found myself talking to a couple of old white guys (so of course – we had a lot in common). One of them was in ‘Corporate Communications’, the other was a writer – both were ex journalists. They both seem to have got out of journalism before the ‘rot’ set in.
They seemed angry about the state of journalism … “Nobody investigates things any more.”“Journalists have just become mouth pieces of what people in power want to say.”“They just regurgitate press releases.” … and many other comments that seemed to indicate that they thought the world had gone to ‘hell in a hand basket’ – and was being manipulated. Continue reading

            <strong>'Beauty' </strong>is just one of the 5 things that<strong> <span style="color: #92193c;">caught my eyes and ears</span> </strong>this past week that I wanted to share with you.

Aerial - - 07WWDC

You might not know what this is, but this is an annual conference that essentially provides early commentary from Apple about their technical direction. Ok – the World Wide Developers Conference is a whole lot more. But for you and me it is exactly that. This is a list provided by Brent Simmons, that he in turn had extracted from a group he belongs to in Seattle. It is a collection of ideas and thoughts and needs and requirements that at least one group of people think is important for Apple to be working on – and ideally announcing. Three that caught my eye as being very interesting.

+ Trials on the iOS and Mac App Store
+ Run iOS apps on Macs.
+ ARM-based MacBooks.

… but do click through for the whole list – remembering it is really a wish list – but damn – some of them will make it.

Your personal view into a future

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            <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/manufacturing-jobs-are-never-coming-back/"><img class="alignnone size-full" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/casselman-irt_0318-2.png" alt="" /></a>

Been saying this for years – and I get particularly pissed off by those people on their huxter soapboxes the Presidential campaign trail that say any different. We need to think and work differently now.

Here’s the problem: Whether or not those manufacturing jobs could have been saved, they aren’t coming back, at least not most of them. How do we know? Because in recent years, factories have been coming back, but the jobs haven’t.

[ Source : Five Thirty Eight ]

            Way back last year ... ok, December 15th <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2015/12/couped-up-in-coups/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">I wrote this piece</a>. It was primarily about the ongoing assassination attempt of Corbyn in the UK - initially by 'his own' ... though I wouldn't exactly call Tony Bliar (sic) and Mendelson 'his own' - but they are at least <strong>meant</strong> to be in the same party. Anyway to my point, I wrote ...

Bernie doesn’t have it quite as bad here in the USA, since he hasn’t yet got to that dominant position of ‘numero uno’.

Well how fast does time move. Here we are just 5 weeks later and we have the New York Times weighing in. Notice – liberal pundits ganging up against Bernie. That’s right – vote for BAU, because otherwise the status quo might change. And we do not want that do we ?

In recent weeks, major liberal pundits are putting in overtime to freshen their case against Bernie Sanders, urging citizen’s to ignore their conscience and quit screwing with the interests of the moneyed elite.

The New York Times reports “alarmed Hillary Clinton supporters” are warning Sanders “would be an electoral disaster who would frighten swing voters and send Democrats in tight congressional and governor’s races to defeat.” Supporters cast Sanders as “unelectable” and attempt to present him as the Republicans’ favored nominee because super political action committees run by operatives like Karl Rove would supposedly prefer to see the Republican nominee run against Sanders.

[ Source : New York Times ]

            Ok. Not really. Finally the truth is weighing down the noise. As for Mandelson - is he still alive ?

Apparently – but it seems that he has moved over to the Tories.

Party membership figures are a controversial issue, with the former cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, who is opposed to Corbyn, telling a Labour meeting in the Lords last month that “30,000 long-term members have left the party, real members, tens of thousands”.

But the newly released figures undermine his claim, showing a total of 13,860 have left since the general election, some of them having resigned while others have gone as part of natural churn. The increase in membership is continuing, with just under 1,000 having joined since Christmas Eve.

[ Source : The Guardian ]