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KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)

Posted in 9/11, Crisis, Culture, current events, Democracy, Economy, Evolution, Financial crisis, Philosophy, politics, Power, Revolution, Society, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 20/05/2012 by Living out of Eden

Maybe there are some of us who still don’t know the meaning of KPIs.

Some of us, instead, might hardly spend a week at work without hearing the expression.

I’m getting tired and upset of hearing about our performances, of effectiveness, productivity at our work, with the outcome of millions of us being made redundant.

I wish we, citizens, could in turn, propose, develop and appraise KPIs for our representatives, and the public thing (Res-publica), as well as in the private corporations environment.

On the other hand, when I try to put things in perspective in our globalized society, many things hardly fit together.

Let’s explore some of what could perfectly be considered as our societies achieved KPIs:

1.- Space Race:

In slightly more than half a century, man managed to land on the moon, put a robot on Mars surface, send a telescope to space to survey the limits of the Universe.

2.- Technology:

In less than 25 years, computers left the big and cumbersome computer centres to become instant, light, cordless and ubiquitous devices integrated in mobile telephone handsets. Not to mention the evolution Internet underwent in the past 15 years.

3.- Travel:

France and Great Britain were capable to develop an airplane that in spite of having proved being unsustainable, actually revolutionised commercial air travel. The path was lit for the future and quite next space travel and tourism.

4.- Weaponry:

Either ground, sea or air machines, reached a state-of-the-art that ranges from unmanned drone planes, to stealth sea battle ships. Missiles have also been part of an amazing evolution both in power and in guidance technology.

5.-GPS

I’m listing it separately for maybe it’s one of the most unexpected leaks from military technology to everyday life.  We can now position ourselves no matter where in the world we are, and send our position through our mobiles to all our friends, as well as locate our pictures with a precision equal to that of NASA.

6.- Webcams:

Altogether with many of the KPIs above, I choose webcams not for the simple fact that you could broadcast your life in real time into the WWW, but mainly because through them, we could be in position to see almost ANYTHING WE’D WANT TO. And if we can’t, it’s not due to a technological issue.

I’m sure that any of you who will read this post, being in the industry that you are, will be able to make a more exhaustive and thorough list of the respective cutting-edge breakthroughs.

However, I wish someone could explain to me in the most rational terms, how all the previous magnificent achievements of man, match with the following chronologically ordered facts and how no one could prevent/foresee them in time:

1.- 911 attacks to WTC and Pentagon

2.- Enron/Arthur Andersen crisis

3.- Lehman Brothers bankruptcy

4.- Global financial synchronic crisis

Any CEO in the world, who failed to obtain acceptable results as per in the objectives of the company (not to say show losses) in a balance sheet, would be – correct me if I’m wrong – fired immediately, no matter what.

So how is it that nobody was held responsible for the occurrence of those big four failures of the “most secure” both military and financial systems in the world?

How many organisms have accountability in the above facts?

Why is it that apparently, we have to believe in good faith, that all of them were unpredictable events?

Why do we believe so?

Don’t YOU have ANY questions?

El reto de Bel-bah

Posted in Architecture, Behaviour, Culture, Democracy, Evolution, Language, politics, Religion, Revolution, Society with tags , , , , on 13/02/2012 by Living out of Eden

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De aproximadamente 4.600 años antes del nacimiento de Jesucristo data un suceso del que, misteriosamente, hasta hoy no se tenía testimonio alguno.

Paradójicamente, a consecuencia de la guerra de Irak,  se ha recuperado de entre las ruinas de un barrio periférico a la ciudad de Tikrit, una tabla con bajorrelieves (aparentemente jeroglíficos o algún tipo de proto-escritura), que da cuenta de cierta construcción colectiva iniciada en aquella época, en una tal ciudad Bel-bah.

Los símbolos, decodificados por los estudiosos, narran la ejecución de una obra de escala más que monumental que aún hoy sería sobrecogedora. Descripta como un “desafío a todo lo imaginable” y sin antecedentes en la humanidad, su duración fue de 87 ciclos solares (refiere también a igual cantidad de crecidas del Nilo alusión llamativa dada la sabida o al menos supuesta inconexión entre las culturas de la Mesopotamia y Egipto en este tramo de la historia antigua, pero este punto creo que quedará aclararado más adelante).

En concreto y sin una causa o razón que lo explique, un grupo de sabios y constructores había llegado elaborar un proyecto para una edificación por medio de la cual se lograría entrar en contacto más fluido y cercano con los Dioses. La altura de dicha construcción era, por lo tanto, un eje clave de su concepción.

Todos en mayor o menor medida, habían atravesado en algún momento de la vida esa experiencia de subir a la cima de un monte a mirar el horizonte y los kilómetros de extensión en todas direcciones, sin ninguna limitación, o mirar hacia el fondo de un cañadón, por donde corre un río, cientos de metros debajo. Cualquiera de estas situaciones, propiciadas por escenarios naturales, daban al que las experimentara, la certeza de ubicarse “por encima” de lo común, de lo cotidiano, de sus pares, y de todo los límites conocidos. Tan sólo el volar podría superar quizá a esta especie de “elevación” que aunque estática, no dejaba de embriagar al privilegiado. Pero volar, era bien sabido en ese entonces, constituía un imposible para el hombre. La otra revelación que producía siempre este tipo de exploración o conquista (si queremos darle un matiz de empresa), obvia por otro lado, era que indudablemente resultaba muchísimo más esforzado el ascenso que el descenso a realizar, una vez lograda la cima.

Con elogiable capacidad de previsión, sus ejecutores descubrieron que ni aún contando con toda la población de las 368 ciudades y pueblos de la Mesopotamia podrían llevar a cabo la empresa, por lo que comenzaron a pergreñar en forma paralela al proyecto, una estrategia de convocatoria para atraer a gente de poblaciones más distantes con las que contar para surtir de mano de obra al emprendimiento. Lograron reunir así en los primeros 3 años, a 127.894 humanidades de todas las regiones y lenguas que existían por entonces en lo que era el mundo conocido. Los datos de la tabla encontrada señalan que al menos 14 lenguas y 47 dialectos diferentes eran hablados por la totalidad de la fuerza de trabajo.

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Lo más curioso e inquietante del proyecto, además de su extrema altura, fue la búsqueda de una alta vocación igualadora (democrática diríamos hoy) cosa que tampoco es claramente explicada en la pieza encontrada. Por algún motivo, contrariamente a las leyes de la naturaleza (piénsese en montañas, dunas, montículos, etc.) en lugar de que la construcción se fuera reduciendo hacia arriba, el diseño preveía seguir una estrategia inversa, es decir, que a medida que creciera en niveles, las plantas también crecerían en superficie y perímetro, por lo que necesariamente la volumetría  resultante iba a ser de una pirámide invertida.

Hoy en día, sabemos que no sólo esto es perfectamente factible técnicamente, si pensamos en el coliseo romano o en los estadios de fútbol (con la salvedad de que en ellos, todos quienes ingresan al edificio terminaban o terminan mirando hacia dentro y hacia abajo), sino que incluso no parece descabellado trazar un paralelismo y pensar que esta “construcción” colectiva e incremental, podría ser una alegoría de la Red (internet), donde los vínculos con otros “pares” es creciente y exponencial, y donde no es necesario ningún otro intermediario, ni fundamentalmente jerarquías, para establecer estos vínculos.

Radicalmente antitético del otro proyecto conocido de la historia antigua, el concepto de tal edificio necesariamente implicaba que a medida que se elevara respecto del suelo, cada nivel albergaría, a mayor población que el nivel inferior, y quizá sea este aspecto aún más revolucionario que el constructivo-estructural.

Solucionados los problemas técnicos y constructivos, comenzaron los trabajos, con una ardua dedicación por parte de los intérpretes, localizados y entrenados ad-hoc, durante los años de reclutamiento.

La ejecución de la obra era compleja en su accesibilidad, pero también simple a su manera, dado que en lugar de ocurrir como en todas las pirámides de la antigüedad, en las que cada vez había menor capacidad y espacio de maniobra a medida que se ascendía (ni qué decir de la capacidad en la cúspide a medida que se aproximaba la culminación de la obra), aquí era imperioso nutrirla en forma progresiva con mayor cantidad de obreros y materiales en cada nivel que se comenzaba.

Promediando los trabajos, los intérpretes no sólo tendían a escasear sino también a fallar. Durante un año, la confusión fue absoluta y muchas veces el caos llevó al proyecto muy cerca de su fin. Las lenguas y dialectos comenzaron a fusionarse, creando nuevos términos, palabras y expresiones, desconocidas para los que no practicaran estas evoluciones lingüísticas.

Sin embargo, misteriosamente, en muy poco tiempo, la propia concepción del proyecto, en el cual generosamente cabían muchos más en la cima que en la base, hacía que la promesa de cercanía con el cielo, actuara como un estímulo para seguir. Así, nuevamente desafiando toda lógica, los obreros ya no sólo no buscaban a sus iguales en el habla, sino todo lo contrario. Descubrieron que resultaba más fácil establecer un intercambio de ideas y de conceptos entre quienes había diferencia de lenguaje, al tener que realizar un esfuerzo mayor de abstracción y conceptualización. Se echaba mano de todo recurso: gestos, surcos en la arena, tiza en la piedra, expresión corporal, etc. Con el tiempo, también, todos fueron aprendiendo las leguas extranjeras, con tal de poder ubicarse en los niveles superiores.

El hecho de que a pesar de significar trabajo y esfuerzo, nadie tuviera que luchar para conservar su posición, sino todo lo contrario, operaba también en la lógica de la pertenencia, por la cual, todos y cada uno de los que intervenía en la construcción terminaba sintiéndola como propia y aceptando sin ninguna dificultad a los nuevos compañeros de tareas.

Llegando la estructura a los dos tercios de la altura, nadie recordaba ya ni su ciudad de origen, ni su lengua materna, y la comunicación se daba incluso hasta más velozmente entre ciudadanos de diferentes regiones que la que antiguamente cada uno tenía con sus coterráneos. De hecho, quienes sellan la tabla escrita, atribuyen a este especial aprendizaje y “alto grado de entendimiento” con prescindencia del lenguaje, la causa gracias a la cual, la construcción de la torre llegara a concluirse.

III

Lo cierto es que la pirámide invertida terminó siendo inexplicable e incomprensible para aquellos que sólo pensaban en reinar, dominar, subyugar, someter, engañar, gobernar, a la gente. Los poderes “históricamente establecidos”, esto es: políticos, eclesiásticos y militares de todos los reinos de entonces, que si bien no se habían involucrado directamente en el proyecto de los “sabios”  habían dado su visto bueno, iban quedándose paulatinamente al margen, para finalmente terminar incómodamente ignorados, superfluos e innecesarios.

Llegado un punto, también supieron entenderse a pesar de las diferentes lenguas, y se abocaron a aglutinar todos sus recursos en un único ejército, quizá el más grande hasta la futura formación del Imperio Romano. Se enunciaron las más diversas excusas: el agotamiento de las canteras, la inestabilidad de una estructura tan anómala y el implícito e inminente peligro de derrumbe, la potencial falta de coordinación llegada la construcción a los niveles superiores, y hasta la inmensa sombra que proyectaba la construcción que impedía que creciera vegetación (curioso motivo, para una zona que ya en esa época se encontraba en vías de desertización).

Los escribas dejan testimonio, ahora no con tanto detalle – y esto está pendiente de explicación –, de la destrucción y matanza llevadas a cabo por este ejército “global”, que logró dejar en ruinas la construcción y asegurarse la desaparición de toda persona que hubiera participado en la empresa.

(Texto anónimo filtrado por “Wiki-next”, supuéstamente encontrado en un archivo del Pentágono, próximo al segmento destruido en el atentado del 11-S).

Unanswered Questions About 9/11 (via )

Posted in 9/11, Crisis, current events, Democracy, Ethics, News, politics, Society, war with tags , , on 17/09/2011 by Living out of Eden

Official 9/11 Fairy Tale Posted on September 11, 2011 by Barbara Peterson Barb’s note: This was originally sent to me via e-mail by Eric. It was tracked down to a comment on Telegraph Article “Charlie Sheen urges Barack Obama to reopen 9/11 investigation in video message,” with the ending paragraph added by LiveLeak.   The Official Version of 9/11 goes something like this… Directed by a beardy-guy from a cave in Afghanistan, nineteen hard-dr … Read More

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9/11 Truth: Boston Air Traffic Controller Robin Hordon – 9/11 Was An Inside Job! (via Socio-Economics History Blog)

Posted in 9/11, Crisis, Culture, current events, Democracy, politics, Society with tags , , , , , , , , on 17/09/2011 by Living out of Eden

You might think that if you were the pilot of any fighter jet sent to intercept the hijacked airplanes, you might have found yourself in a very hard dilemma.
However, we must also assume, military jet pilots are trained and well aware that these situations can happen.
There are protocols to deal with issues like those.
However, we keep on rejecting any fact that conceals what’s impossible to c0nceal.

S.O.S.

Boston Air Traffic Controller Says 9/11 An Inside Job by Paul Joseph Watson, http://www.PrisonPlanet.com A former Boston Center air traffic controller has gone public on his assertion that 9/11 was an inside job and that Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon tracked three of the four flights from the point of their hijacking to hitting their targets. In an astounding telephone interview, Robin Hordon claims air traffic controllers have been ignored or silenc … Read More

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Reflections on 9/11: How a Tragedy was Exploited (via WordsNotBullets)

Posted in Society with tags , , , , , , , , , on 17/09/2011 by Living out of Eden

Reflections on 9/11: How a Tragedy was Exploited As everyone knows, this Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon, and killed over 3000 people (including over 400 rescue workers).  Like most people, I remember that day vividly.  I remember where I was, what I did, what I thought, and how I felt as clearly as if it had happened yesterday.  I was shocked, I was saddened, I was confused, and above all, I was scared … Read More

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Reflecting on September 11: a call to our better angels (via Hey, it’s Pat Ryan’s blog!)

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Reflecting on September 11: a call to our better angels In the entry hallway at our house we have a framed picture of the night skyline of Lower Manhattan as seen from New Jersey, the twinkling twin towers of the World Trade Center the focal point.  The caption under the photo reads, “We’ll never forget.”  Not forget what happened that day?  That’s the easy part. That morning I was at my desk at work with the television tuned to CNN, trying to concentrate on the newspaper, when I became barely conscio … Read More

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7bn dollars, a new profitable RE business, and oil reserves in Middle East, are worth 3.000 lives

Posted in Crisis, Culture, current events, Democracy, Economy, Financial crisis, News, politics, Society with tags , , , , on 11/09/2011 by Living out of Eden

In the 10th anniversary of the WTC and Pentagon attacks, considering the multiple sides of such complex catastrophe, I’ll focus in few aspects, basically different from what we have read or will still read in the media. I wouldn’t really want to address the topic of “Conspiracy theory vs the official version”, more than the sorrow and mourning for the victims. However, it’s inevitable to go through the first one, to position oneself towards the latter.

What I would like is to arrive at least to one simple and definite conclusion from all this flood of overwhelming information. We need to be analytic at some point, but also we should be able to feel some relief by now, ten years after, by acquiring some certainty, at least on one single tiny thing.

I won’t sum up in this post, the immense amount of investigation material that has been produced in the past years. If we are not convinced of the official version, I’ll briefly list below the main topics anyone of us can examine in many sites and pages in the Internet:

– The flights, the hijackers, the planes being seized, the collisions.

– The scientific and professional analysis and statements and reports, on how the towers came down.

– The low profitability of WTC complex, already known for some time, by september 2001.

– The burst of the Dotcom bubble and effects on U.S.A. economy.

– Some “suspicious” facts related to 9/11, like removal of explosive detection dogs, from WTC the previous week, a power shut-down the previous week-end, etc.

– The time of the attacks (early morning), like trying to reduce victims as much as possible, while a terrorist attack could have been planned to cause as many casualties as possible.

– The incapability of the Government and the 9/11 Comission to come up with a satisfactory explanation to the events.

– The economic and Real Estate factor, affecting WTC by 2000, which were making them unfeasible to maintain, and impossible to demolish (due to the asbestos contained in the structure).

Since it’s not an issue of believing, but mostly of having undeniable proofs, any of us still consider all this data not being conclusive enough. So, let me put the facts the way I see it, now, ten year later, instead of holding on to facts, and see if it makes some more sense to you, so you make your own judgement. I’m going to put it like telling a story, you can just imagine as being told to you, anytime before 9/11, and see if it sounds credible, plausible, or not:

I – WTC I & II

Early in the morning of September 11th, 2001, an airliner changes its’ route all of a sudden in a totally suspicious action, and not only it is not intercepted, but actually NO ACTION IS TAKEN by USAF or US NAVY, to bring it down.

This airplane hits WTC1 (North tower) at 8.46 in the morning of 9/11/2001 (this alone would be difficult to believe).

A second airplane hits, 17 minutes later, WTC2 (South tower). Yet again, no military action had been taken.

If the fact of one jetliner hitting one of the most iconic buildings in the world is almost inconceivable, now two towers, is completely outlandish.

All this means that, as easily as it happened we have to accept the version that the main military power in the World, with an outstanding and impeccable service of Intelligence, couldn’t deal with the previous facts. as well as the fact that Al-qaeda terrorists were trained in the USA to fly commercial jets.

Now, let’s pay attention to the next event, which is definitely, out of this World.

II – PENTAGON

A third airplane is also seized and forced to fly off course, shortly after WTC 1 & 2 attacks. The target of this flight will be … yes, there’s no mystery in it, we all know it: the Pentagon. The third objective of the terrorist attack is the Headquarters of all military forces of the main military power in the world. And, once more, no military action had been taken.

What happened to American airlines flight 77? Was it actually the Boeing 757 what crashed against the Pentagon?

Since the jet hit the building in a low-flying approach, according to the only video released by authorities, almost touching ground with the engines, at 800+ km/h, how expert must a pilot be to control a jet in such conditions?

Setting aside the analysis of the size and shape of the opening in the façade, when you see the pictures after the collision, you can see traces of smoke outside the building, in areas close to the impact, but none in the sectioned left side of the building, where you can even see COMPUTERS, FURNITURE and even PAPER (!!!!!) without a single sign of fire….

And, if it wasn’t an airplane, then what was it?

Now it’s getting even worse, if it wasn’t AA flight 77 what hit the Pentagon, what happened to that flight and all its passengers?

III – WTC 7

Located on the north side of the plot, WTC 7 obviously received great part of debris from the WTC I & II collapse. No structural damage was suffered by WTC 7. Only “fires” were declared in the building, in spite of which, it’s really hard to explain how if comes down about 7 hours after the attacks to WTC I & II.

When you see the videos, the building amazingly starts to collapse from the centre to the edges… The side façades slowly start to lean inwards, until the whole construction falls within its own perimeter. Controlled demolition?

“The private tenants were Salomon Smith Barney, American Express Bank International, Standard Chartered Bank, Provident Financial Management, ITT Hartford Insurance Group, First State Management Group, Inc., Federal Home Loan Bank, and NAIC Securities.

Large numbers of case files for ongoing investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) were reportedly destroyed in the collapse. The Los Angeles Times reported that “substantial files were destroyed” for 3000 to 4000 of the SEC’s cases. The EEOC reported that documents for 45 active cases were destroyed.   Before the attack, SEC investigations of corporate fraud by companies such as Enron and Worldcom were the subject of many news reports — reports that virtually vanished in the wake of the attack.”

So, where does all this lead us?

In my case, it leads me to such a bewilderment with so many questions I find impossible to answer, that it’s difficult not to fall into a paralysis, because the main questions, and maybe the biggest ones, that come into my mind, are:

What do I do now?  

What should I do?  

What CAN I do?

The issue is so huge, so unattainable, that our minds would rather put it aside, and keep on struggling with our everyday life, than conceive something so dreadful. We don’t even feel able to sustain these matters for too much time, without start feeling a bit mad, for the whole thing is outrageously insane.

But today, it’s not the day after 9/11/2001, nor the 5th anniversary. Ten years have already passed since then. We have to overcome the emotional impact, we MUST cope with this event. We, people, must demand not only in the USA, but  in the whole world, for A REAL INVESTIGATION IN  SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH, and that finally, JUSTICE IS DONE.

To me, all the dead are still expecting, if anything,  that COMMITMENT, that ENGAGEMENT from us, more than any other remembrance or celebration.

May they only then, rest in peace. 

Let’s not just leave it to hope.