Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable’

Trump Victory & American Loss

November 12, 2016
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Melania Trump poses for British GQ magazine fifteen years before becoming the First Lady.

President Elect Donald J. Trump’s wife Melania will inherit the title of First Lady when he takes the oath of office in January, 2017.  Unless you have been hiding under a rock, by now you realize that Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States of America.

Trump has been on record making racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic statements that struck a chord with the American electorate.  Trump also campaigned on promises to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, increase military power, end universal healthcare, limit funding to United Nations initiatives, and to rescind US participation the Paris Accord that focuses on global warming.  Despite facing pending criminal charges that alleged that Donald Trump raped and sexually assaulted a child, he has continued to the highest office in the land.  (The rape charges were officially dropped days before the election on November 4 according to the Jeff Zarranandia of Snopes.)  The president elect has no prior government experience but he has vowed that he is the person that can make America great again.

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Protesters against President Elect Trump are pictured in Seattle, Washington. Foreign press like The Indian Express focused on the breadth of the protests in America.  [Source Associated Press via The Indian Express]

Some United States citizens feel a profound sense of loss due to the election of Donald Trump.

Many Americans are already protesting the Trump ascension.  Most notably a movement using the moniker Yes California along with the hashtag #CalExit is organizing to separate Western states from the rest of the United States.  Demonstrations have been held in cities throughout the entire United States in the days following the election results and it is a situation worth monitoring further because the world has taken notice.

The policy changes recommended by President Elect Donald Trump have far reaching effects.  The United States of America has technically been at war for 223 out of the 240 years of existence and the use of the military depends upon the moral authority of the presidency, and congress to act.  Trump has advocated a more aggressive use of the military that has been ruled illegal or unconstitutional along with beginning new armed conflicts in new countries.  The opinions held by citizens of other countries is trending downwards and confidence in the proper use of the United States military power has also significantly eroded around the world.  The destruction of life and property is also very unpopular to begin with, but it is even more detested when the results can be seen on the nightly news.

The motives for using force are eventually rendered naked in the age of information and even more subtle shifts are studied in great detail.  The Paris Accord is an agreement fostered by the United Nations that officially went into force on November 4 as published on their website.  Environmental concerns over global warming have caused responsible industrialized nations to limit their own production of harmful gasses for the good of everyone on the planet. Donald Trump doesn’t believe that human activity can cause climate change and has expressed a desire for the United States to back out of the obligation during his campaign.  While he might be unsuccessful in his initial desire, this sort of stance reveals that President Trump would be reluctant to continue to doggedly pursue solutions to a shared, pressing problem.

A novice politician without any experience in government beat out seasoned lifers on a grueling campaign trail but citizens of the world are now questioning American integrity for electing such a polarizing figure.  The new direction that a Trump presidency would proceed in is likely to be viewed as reflecting the views of the American populous even though he failed to win the majority of votes.  Instead of informing would-be constitutional scholars on the Electoral College system that the United States is a republic, perhaps we should all examine Trump?

Even a perceived deficiency in character in the President of the United States can significantly alter reality for voters at home in America and foreigners abroad.  It is dangerous for the United States to endure such a loss and in turn, it puts the entire world in peril.

[Featured Photo from The New York Post files]

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Environmental Sustainabilty Research Proposal Fail

September 9, 2016

Listen folks, I am determined to see my research in Environmental Sustainability through.  Yes I understand that my paper might be a little flawed but this is yet another one of my crazy ideas that just might work.  (I can be a bit of a toad

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The toad that I found in Tokyo proved to me that environmental sustainability was indeed possible in large, thriving cities. [Photo Daniel Cooper]

in that way, but at least I am still evolving.)  The reason why this piece represents failure to me has nothing to do with how it is written, instead it has to do with the racket that is academia.

Check out my failed research proposal to measure net positive impacts on the environment here.

[Quantifying Human Caused Environmental Net Positive Impacts in a Modern World by Daniel Cooper is available for download and commenting for one month on Google Academia.]

The message that I received back after formally submitting this proposal was actually quite embarrassing but I am not ashamed to share it with you.  I believe that this is one of those cases in which stellar academic qualifications shouldn’t necessarily be a prerequisite, anyway.  The University of Edinburgh wasn’t impressed by my college partying ways at all and now I am scrambling around trying to figure out if anyone else is interested in building sustainable models with me.  My paper goes into greater detail as to what I was trying to accomplish this fall, but alas, now I making other plans.  I don’t think that this idea can really wait so I am gaining the necessary tools to begin the process myself.

If you are really interested in knowing how I am going to beat an academic system that has withstood the test of time so far, then you will have to check me out on Google+ and follow my Data Science collection.  Feel free to comment on the academic proposal if you want.   Also feel free to share it with any and all institutions that might be interested in my services.  I understand that we are all in this world together and that it is going to take an inclusive effort to make some real changes in it.  The realm of academia is by definition hierarchical and it smacks of elitism but that shouldn’t prevent the masses from engaging it.

If environmental sustainability research papers aren’t really your thing then I hope you consider commenting in my global public discussion group. Duck Pond Public Discussions is a Google+ community that formally launched two years ago but hasn’t been properly moderated it until now.  We are going to be doing a lot in the near future around here, and I am planning on a very busy September.  Please try and keep up with me!

Always remember that nothing beats a failure but a try.