NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 28th January 2013)

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"The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
Albert Einstein
Be sure to checkout a simple example of how NOW works (Examples)

My Mum was here for the last 6 weeks, words can't convey how good it was to see her. We had a bit of a blast and the family had our first holiday in 3 years. A brief tour of the South Island. It's absolutely stunning down there and has myself and my Wife considering a move. Whilst a move would be for a slightly different lifestyle, we miss snow and winter, it is really an economic move. An economic move in that we can't just put the house on the market, sell it and move down South. After all we'd need jobs. Property is cheaper and we have a relatively decent deposit, in fact there's enough of a difference that we could halve our mortgage. But as mentioned, jobs are the issue. After a brief hunt online, there's nothing that we could do there. The positions available are for specialists. I'm not saying that myself and my Wife aren't capable of any job, but experience goes a long way. Again the majority of that is down to economics and not a lack of will or want to do what it takes. There is always the option of moving and going on the dole and to an extent that is very appealing as I'd like more time to try a few things out that could potentially make money. But alas, economically that means we'd have less to spend on the kids in regards to activities. They'd be the ones who suffered for our choices. It's the old rock and hard place meme.

Bloody economics... I mean, how did we get into a state where it's nearly impossible to chase a rainbow. Sure we could spend 5 years retraining and gaining some experience, but then there's the hit and hope that in 5 years time those skills are still required and that property is similarly priced... both of which are unlikely given the geography and primarily due to economics.

Aaaaaargh economics. I use a non capital e for a purpose. I've bounced around a few forums for long enough to see a bit of a trend. Whenever economics is "attacked", the brave defenders of the capital E leap forwards and cry, a witch a witch burn them... right before they say, you just don't understand economics. I don't know about you, but when an argument is dismissed without explanation it annoys the crap out of me. The other day a thread appeared on a news forum and economic models where at its core. The usual begone unknowing heathens was being thrown about... then something quite remarkable happened (for that forum anyway), a discussion broke out. Economics (I'm not going to forgo grammar because of my position on economics, ahhh that's better) Is. I sat and read through the 10 or 15 posts and shook my head. In my eyes the entire point had been missed. Does economics and economic modelling work? A brief glance at how many recessions the world has had in the last 100 or so years says no. Then a quick glance at the numerous schools of economic thought underpinned a my resounding no.

NOW I'm not economic guru by any means, hardly entry grade given the size of the topic, but I have had minimal exposure to "modelling". Translating formula into code for programs that are used as models. Essentially you collect variables and chuck them into a database. The program runs millions/billions of iterations and some form of baseline is spat out at the other end, usually accompanied with a margin of error. Now that seems all fine and straight forwards, but the more variables that you add, the number of calculations required grow exponentially. Similarly with the amount of data that you used. Change one variable and the outcome goes 1 of 2 ways, either towards your desired outcome or away from it. The changing of variables is repeated to a point where you are as close to your desired outcome as you can be. Et voila, you have a model that everyone agrees is about as good as it gets. We were working with minimal data and 8 variables... imagine the number of variables required to model an economy. Our variables weren't volatile. Are the variables used for economic models volatile? I'd go with a resounding yes there given the way markets fluctuate, price indexes fluctuate, interest rates, inflation, rumour, board appointments etc... No doubt some of those variables aren't used, but to imagine the amount of data that's being crunched is mind boggling, so it's hardly surprising when you consider that we have recessions. Economic modelling simply doesn't work.
The downside of economic modelling is that economic policy etc... is derived from the answers that these models produce. If a variable is being changed, then you're changing what was once "fact", or at least statistics (snigger). We are run by reports and when these reports are wrong, people suffer. There is no if and or but in there, millions/billions of people are pushed further into poverty territory when money becomes scarce. Yes money can become scarce, irrespective of the fact that we print the stuff out of thin air.

Sure there's more to economics than the above, but essentially the figures that are produced drive the policy. Recently the IMF admitted that they had gotten it wrong this time around. Who was wrong the time before this? and before that? and before that? and before that? and before that? (lots of times before that?). Economics is a bust. Worse than that, is glorifies the status quo and capitilistic dogma that sees people living off of scraps because the report says so. It does nothing for human beings. It stifles cooperation. It clouds decision making. It requires that a percentage of the population of a country is unemployed. Essentially it's the bully of the financial world. Something that I find amusing is that there is a Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences. Honestly, the bully gets an award? If it isn't economically viable, forget it. So where's the benefit in using economics to guide how human beings conduct their day to day lives when it does so much damage?

It is an economic fact that a certain percentage of the population are required to be unemployed. Stop right there! I've had enough. You're putting people on the poverty line because it's not economically viable to have them working... irrespective of whether the jobs are there or not. That is enough for me to show that economics has a negative impact upon society. Perhaps I should have stated that earlier, but it seemed better to end with a whimper, or a bang depending on your perspective. Get rid of the financial system and the need for economics goes with it. A damned good thing in my eyes.

Ready to do thing properly for a change?

A "Begging" Letter.

Everything takes money. Raising awareness is no different. To that end, if you have excess funds and you would like to invest in a project with the potential to change the world, then come and say hi.

The above may sound like madness or the ramblings of a person suffering from delusions of grandeur, but I assure you that I am quite serious. Someone has to be about the future. I have a plan. It may not be a good plan, but that is for you to decide. Come to my house, drink wine and let me offer you a vision and a plan of how we get there. You will be an integral part of NOW helping to shape our future. If nothing else, you will have had a wasted journey and I will have less wine.

Change happening by itself is too slow. It needs a helping hand.

We do not need to be stuck with Einstein's theory of insanity! There is a Silver Bullet! and it is EASY to change our society quickly and with next to no consequences, in fact the positives by far outweigh the negatives!

A wee challenge for you. Can you think of a single reason why our financial system is better than a NOW approach for humanity. Be honest and open minded, but I think you'll find out that there isn't. NOW (or variations of) is/are required NOW more than ever. We live in a finite world, why continue to waste it?

"There is no Silver Bullet". I've heard that from professionals, experts, leaders etc... NOW they're either really really wrong or they're lying through their teeth. Again, take a look around you and ask if this is the best we can do?

I disagree with those professionals, experts and leaders who say that there is no silver Bullet and I'll make 3 very bold statements that would have them laughing in the aisles:
  • There is a Silver Bullet!
  • It is EASY to solve many of the major issues that the world faces!
  • NOW offers positives that our current societal and economic models can't even come close to offering!

With the above 3 very bold statements in mind, I give you NOW

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