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Post 2 From TED

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on February 26, 2006

POST 2 from Jessie Scanlon at TED in Monterey:

“Cameron Sinclair, the founder of Architecture for Humanity, was one of the three winners of this year’s TED Prize. (The director of “” and “Control Room” and Larry Brilliant, who led the campaign to eradicate small pox, also won.) But Sinclair wasn’t the only speaker to hit on the theme of humanitarian design and doing more with less. MIT’s Amy Smith talked about the work she and her students have done helping to develop, for instance, an incubator that doesn’t require electricity, and Squid Labs’ Saul Griffith explained his low-cost eyeglasses machine, a truly MacGuyver contraption involving a rubber band. And of course, Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Lab fame showed the latest iteration of the $100 laptop.”

Reader Comments

Derek Sloan

July 13, 2010 5:01 PM

This relates to a thesis I've been formulating for some time - namely that there is a movement in place to favor large corporate interests at the expense of small business (no surprise). However, the aim is directed with the intent of producing a corporate-fascist society that attempts to direct individual choice and achievement. Like a friend who sells Herbal remedies concocted from centuries old recipes - his business across border is non-existent, not due to demand, but due to the exorbitant fees, paperwork, etc. associated with the shipping. He says a Grandma couldn't send cookies across the border without being up to her eyeballs in red tape. Only large companies can deal with the requirements, and so we're slowly eliminating the uniqueness of thousands of individuals - and are now resorting to the offerings of the corporate world, a world which will have diminished choice but also reduction of freedom. Corporations are controlling everything from medicine to food - to even seeds. Corporo-fascism is not our friend...I don't see an inherent flaw in corporations, but when it's at the expense of the little guy, it's dangerous.


August 12, 2010 11:21 PM

Do not a lot of cash to buy a house? Worry no more, because it's possible to get the credit loans to solve such problems. Hence get a financial loan to buy everything you want.


December 19, 2010 10:55 PM

Ken.....your the man. The Republicans have been trying to starve the beast for a long, long, long time. Reagan was swept into office in opposition to the "Tax and Spend Liberals". When he got in to office, he became a "Don't tax and spend your ass off Republican". They love to spend and hate to tax........then they wonder why we have deficits. It's like going into debt with your credit card up to your nose and then saying hm......I think I'll stop working 40 hours a week and work only 20 hours.....that'll take care of my debt!!!! The Republicans spent us into oblivion during Reagan and when we had a Democrat (Clinton) he didn't have any money to do anything for the citizenry, like healthcare reform or tax breaks to the middle class that's becoming extinct. He was forced to pay down the debt from Reagan. At the end of the Clinton Presidency we were trying to figure out how to spend the surpluses. But Mr. Bush figured that out, cut taxes and spend your ass off........again. To say nothing of the unnecessary war in Iraq. The problem this time is a financial crisis occurred. We were so far in debt we didn't have anything to throw at it, other than more and more debt. I think the behavior of the Republicans over the last ten years can only be defined by one word, perhaps its harsh, but the word I'm thinking is Treason!


March 31, 2011 1:19 PM

The 19 "Chosen" were not known for their small business loans. Hilarious, pundits pretending that the Financial Parasites will loan to anybody.

And Then: Don't you people eagerly await Friday afternoons when real banks that do, or may I say did, make loans to individuals and small business are taken over and their assets shifted upwards while main street takes the toxic waste.

So lets not restructure, I don't want to miss the Friday afternoon fun.

Make a loan and lose your bank.

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