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HA ha ! Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" is #234 in sales on Amazon.com

#1 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Government > Civics
#1 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Current Events > Civil Rights & Liberties
#15 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics

Does Gingrich have a secret stake in the publisher ? He's done more to get people to read Alinsky than anyone else in the last 30 years.

Hardball did a spot on Alinsky's "Thirteen Rules", and it's obvious that Gingrich is using many of them. NG is obviously pissed that someone else came up with these "Big Ideas" first. But I'll bet his really big gripe is that SA helped blacks in their organizing efforts.

The Wiki on SA is worth reading. He avoided joining political organizations, and is generally regarded as a "leader of the nonsocialist left". Here's a prescient -- and worrying -- excerpt:

Alinsky described his plans in 1972 to begin to organize the white middle class across America, and the necessity of that project. He believed that what President Richard Nixon and Vice-President Spiro Agnew called "The Silent Majority" was living in frustration and despair, worried about their future, and ripe for a turn to radical social change, to become politically-active citizens. He feared the middle class could be driven to a right-wing viewpoint, "making them ripe for the plucking by some guy on horseback promising a return to the vanished verities of yesterday." His stated motive: "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."

Posted by eppur_se_muova | Fri Jan 27, 2012, 07:38 PM (1 replies)

The disruptive future of {3D} printing (BBC)

Imagine a school where a student could sketch out an idea for a new design of bicycle and not only draw it in 3D using a computer-aided design package but actually create a scale-model and test it out, using inexpensive materials and a special printer that they can build themselves in the classroom.

That's the vision put forward by Ben O'Steen, a software engineer with a social conscience who is thinking about the implications of a world where 3D printers are no longer just expensive prototyping systems for large companies but have fallen into the hands of the masses.

He has been inspired by the RepRap, a desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic parts by extruding a heated thermoplastic polymer under computer control, which then sets as it cools and makes a usable object.

The RepRap project was started in 2005 by Adrian Bowyer, who teaches mechanical engineering at Bath University.

The schematics and all aspects are freely licensed for anyone to implement or adapt, and the current version, called "Mendel", can be built for around 350.

It makes objects from a cheap plastic made from corn starch, so is well within school budgets.
more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10089419



Posted by eppur_se_muova | Sat Jan 21, 2012, 05:21 AM (18 replies)
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