Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Anarcho-socialism: presents wrong solution

Anarcho-socialism does present positive aspects which are abolishment of capitalism and voluntary associations.

The problem is that if production is organised socially it leads back to heirarchies and something akin to Stalinism.

It precludes individualism, since no individual can become a sole producer of all goods and services at present because of the high production costs.

As has probably been suggested by some who describe themselves as anarcho-socialists, advanced technology would be needed so that production of such things as food, housing, communications and other direly needed goods/services were decentralised and made extremely cheap to produce and therefore neglible.

Voluntary participations in communities would then be not an ideal, but an achievable reality (they cannot be voluntary as long as production is from scarce resources and/or organised along socially mandated lines).

This is not achievable at present so anarcho-socialism (along with anarcho-capitalism) becomes an unsolvable conundrum. Anarcho-capitalism because scarcity necessitates a resource war creating heirarchies with power an efficient means of control, and the same problem plagues anarcho-socialism.

There is only one solution - the only solution. And it is just a matter of time and patience to see if it can be implemented, mostly at an individual level but the social implications are just as interesting.

How to Remove Fluoride from Drinking Water

Preventing Fluorosis
By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.,

Most people are aware that there is a controversy surrounding public fluoridation of drinking water. Here is a list of ways to obtain drinking water without fluoride. In addition, I've listed water purification methods which do not remove fluoride from water.

Ways to Remove Fluoride from Water

  • Reverse Osmosis Filtration This is used to purify several types of bottled water (not all), so some bottled waters are unfluoridated. Reverse osmosis systems are generally unaffordable for personal use.

  • Activated Alumina Defluoridation Filter These filters are used in locales where fluorosis is prevalent. They are relatively expensive (lowest price I saw was $30/filter) and require frequent replacement, but do offer an option for home water filtration.

  • Distillation Filtration There are commercially available distillation filters that can be purchased to remove fluoride from water. On a related note: When looking at bottled water, keep in mind that 'distilled water' does not imply that a product is suitable for drinking water and other undesirable impurities may be present.

These Do NOT Remove Fluoride

  • Brita, Pur, and most other filters. Some websites about fluoride removal state otherwise, but I checked the product descriptions on the companies' websites to confirm that fluoride is left in the water.

  • Boiling Water This will concentrate the fluoride rather than reduce it.

  • Freezing Water Freezing water does not affect the concentration of fluoride.

Steps to Reduce Fluoride Exposure

  • Don't take fluoride supplements.

  • Read labels on bottled beverages. Unless they are made using distilled or reverse-osmosis water, they are probably made with fluoridated public water.

  • Consider using unfluoridated toothpaste.

  • Avoid drinking black or red tea. They come from two different types of plants, but both leaves naturally contain high amounts of fluorine.

  • Be wary of tinned fish and canned food items. Fluoride may be used as a preservative.

  • Avoid black or red rock salt or items containing black or red rock salt.

  • Avoid using chewing tobacco.

  • Avoid long term use of medication that contains fluorine. Certain antidepressants and medications for osteoporosis contain fluorine.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The singularity really is near

From NVIDIA's corporate website:

NVIDIA Tesla Personal Supercomputer

Get your own supercomputer. Experience cluster level computing performance—up to 250 times faster than standard PCs and workstations—right at your desk. The NVIDIA® Tesla™ Personal Supercomputer is based on the revolutionary NVIDIA® CUDA™ parallel computing architecture and powered by up to 960 parallel processing cores.

And a News article about it.