The Earth is Local

Improving the quality of human existence will require a different understanding of wholeness. The challenge to maximize well-being by minimizing consumption demands a new sense of an abundant life.

The Report

This post is about the meta-numbers needed to describe the Earth and how they have become essential to understanding it as a potentially beloved place. Of course, the Earth is known; the question is how many and how well as a place in the universe. A follow-up post then examines priorities.


You know the saying, Sucking the oxygen out – of the room, the theater, the democracy. Those who practice this craft express a benefit found in most communication systems – whoever gets the most prevails. Describing “most of what?” is the next question. The measure, sucking the oxygen out, also suggests abuse of speech.

The Earth’s oxygen total is estimated to be 1.2 x 1021 grams. That number is a “meta-numbers” It is challenging to understand with experience. One can divide this number by 453.592  to convert that formula for grams of oxygen in the atmosphere into pounds. It is in the Quintillions.

2,645,550,000,000,000,000 Pounds of Oxygen

The math isn’t difficult, but the number is astounding.

When it comes to unimaginable numbers such as the one above, the disconnection between experience and another type of wholeness can begin. Outside of adventure, we find philosophy, a progression of thought one can welcome emotionally. A concrete fact, like six grams of oxygen, connects to an experience like having a pencil in hand. Here is an example.


The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) is about creating oxygen by sucking it out of carbon dioxide. MOXIE produces six grams of oxygen per hour – like a mature tree. It is designed to work on the plentiful supply of carbon dioxide on Mars. What is the value of oxygen on Mars? See the Moxie story (CNN). One more issue is central to a better understanding of the vastness of space, data, and computing power. Terraforming Mars to sustain humans and create rocket fuel for trips in the solar system and beyond is an act of science.

MOXIE is an inspiration for the chemical sciences. Nevertheless, it is a nonchoice. Mars is not Planet B and not where Earthlings will acquire a sense of the wholeness of life.

The nightmares embedded in whimpering failure seem to be the only motivation to improve the management of the Earth’s resources. The force of character, determination, or nerve needed to become optimistic is an open question. However, two new experiences of place will bring about a rebellious change in human perception. One is macro-local, and the other is micro-local. The bifurcation is neatly examined by the Earth First Journal’s attempt to document the efforts of people who feel the need for better protection of living things against centuries of law that define them as property, protein, raw material, and nothing else. Resistance aggravates both macro and micro parties.

Macro Local

NASA changed the asteroid’s trajectory when its spacecraft intentionally slammed into Dimorphos, a space rock. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test is a full-scale demonstration of deflection technology. It was the first mission to see if this kind of impact can deflect objects posing a threat to Earth in the future. The agency said the spacecraft changed the asteroid’s orbit by 32 minutes, marking the first time humanity intentionally altered the motion of a celestial object. That is a macro-local experience.

The macro local includes the extension of the human eye and ear into space (here). The SoundCloud Halloween playlist by NASA is filled with “moans” and “whistles” from our universe and industriously encourages human curiosity. One can choose to see, hear or feel with a device, but sounds or pictures that appear without a purpose are easily forgotten or disregarded. However, the site of something is never forgotten, and the environmental link between experience and human feelings remains a scientific mystery. Nevertheless, the love of the whole Earth, not just the pretty parts, must become a widely shared experience.

Another practical example to advance this idea would be the experience produced by the media systems. The characteristics of media ratings help analysts assess differentials and commissions in assets. These measures of competition and cash in mass consumption reveal exquisite details such as grams of toothpaste per capita by locations such as zip codes. Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers benefit from this knowledge of market share estimates. However, other communication characteristics are environmentally more necessary but without value other than stimulating consumption. These “other characteristics” are the components that focus on maximizing types of well-being, not based on consumption. So, what would be the new frontiers of how this information is traded?

The popularity of Wordle (and comparable social experiences) is a communication instrumentality that improves public dialogue using the ad function and proves a success with clicks followed through to purchases. As an extension of collective experience, it draws on curiosity. Using an entertaining agent, such as Wordle, to produce a response from another agent is proven. Note that the term “agent” in the ever-expanding universe of ads is a semantic device. It prompts questions such as, who are the agents? Where are they, why are they doing it, and how is the data observable? It is this last question that begs our attention. How much capital would be needed to introduce the location of the Earth to over 90 percent of the Earth’s population so that it becomes provable as a shared understanding?

The Report suggests broadly exhibiting the location of Earth in the Milky Way by enhancing the popular video The Power of Ten for IBM in 1977 by Ray and Charles Ames. (See: here).

Source: Pikaia Imaging

Spend a moment on the idea of the Earth as “local” as an agent in a Solar System with eight planets, occasional comets, and asteroids that orbit a Sun. That solar system is in a smaller Local Group located in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way (called the Orion Arm). The Milky Way galaxy within the Virgo Supercluster is a member of the Laniakea Supercluster that contains about 100,000 other nearby galaxies. Other systems, such as the Caelum Supercluster, have 550,000 galaxies, known as the Coma Wall. Cosmologists love a good pun. The Report believes that one is intended.

The data is available, but not the resources to drive this idea into the emotions and feelings of people throughout the world are missing. It is desperately needed as a widely shared value capable of supporting stewardship.

Micro Local

As climate change is the first global crisis of the Anthropocene, two well-known methods for creating change with a sense of control are authoritarian, and the other is political balance. One is designed to protect ‘the few’ and deploys a warrior stance. The other is democratic and seeks to serve the many with stewardship. The Report searches for examples of both without a conclusion regarding justice, as this is not an either-or argument. Instead, it is one in search of equilibrium.

The way toward a new ideal of living is imaginable from home outward. For example, people can envision a future without fear of other people, groups, and nations. Is that freedom made more possible by understanding where the Earth is in the universe? Could a sense of place in this almost unexplainable context be essential for preventing destruction? A “failure” implies not resolving climate change and extreme weather problems, but it is unlikely to be defined as an extinction event. Nevertheless, the gravity of rapidly changing atmospheric conditions will be economically painful due to high short-term costs and the inability to see slowly.

The Macro/Micro Metaverse

Again the question is not the money in business and political decision-making but why a system used to define national interest cannot be conjoined to a unified sense of local needs, concerns and priorities. What are the measures? Are they composed of talking points, the classic rules of social debate, or within a system of jurisprudence linked to two thousand years of complex legal philosophy? The quick answer is, “not any of these methods appear to be working.” Alternatives that build toward a high quality of life for people are needed as if it has the value of 16 Psyche. It is how an astrological scientist would define hope.

Converting between mass, density, and volume units is the fundamental mathematic process used to solve basic problems in physics and chemistry. Perhaps, the Earth can be thought of as floating in the emptiness we call the Milky Way, but where the richness of human existence is an immense exception. The traditional socioeconomic measures have produced excessive outcomes that tend to be followed by more moderate ones because revolutionary ideas are stimulated by a regression to the mean over time and contain one essential part and a random error. On the other hand, group behavior in literal focus-group rooms or cyberspace can be measurable, stable, and “true,” while the excessive outcome is by chance and an equilibrium becomes possible.

Billions of miles, one life form. Source: Pikaia Imaging

Dealing with this incomprehensible enormity is examined (here), utilizing seven Earthly priorities from the front door out for comment.

Clever Meat?

Climate Central evaluated future potential flood exposure to the tax base of every county in the United States. For example, the flood zone analysis for Kings County, NY, identified 276,299 land parcels totaling 32,461 acres [Walt Disney World] assessed at $17.14 billion.

Assessed improvement values for land properties that can be monitored and evaluated for cost structure. Unlike water, the location of potential forest fires or extreme weather are weakly predicted for geographic isolation until they occur. Therefore, every square foot of land susceptible to flooding is known for evaluation.

Source: Climate Central report on sea level rise in your county or the national report.

Over thousands of years, people continue to prove that all other life forms are weak. That position is accomplished, and with it, a new task. Suspend layers of evolutionary Earth thinking that shape views of the future. The information is available to take a new path.

Evolution displays the voracious history of our naturally lethal world. Nevertheless, the Anthropocene is responsible for the knowledge of deadly today. Given the condition of everyone doing everything imaginable to the Earth, all the time requires new information known to everyone to proceed. First, it is irreversible; second, everyone means everyone. Therefore, an assessment necessary to manage the data is not only possible, it is essential.

Vast quantities of raw material are processed from the Earth’s crust to become an endless stream of made-things seen by everyone from the threshold of every shelter outward to the horizon. Today, the vision of a wasteland of discarded material across a dystopian landscape is countered by the ability to catalog all living entities with regenerative communication capacities.

“What should everyone know? How much of it is known? And most importantly, how will everyone obtain trust in what they need to know to do what they need to do? It is becoming necessary to provide the human mind with a new place in the universe.”

Creating new places for the human mind occurs routinely, and the emerging idea of what a machine singularity might be, whether actual or artificial, cannot be ignored. Should it be proprietary? If so, what is exclusive to ownership and inclusive for the public? Establishing a fully transparent public repository is a way to force that decision. But, of course, that depends on the tasks required to make that an idea in the first place. There are obstacles.

People will confuse this effort with Playing God or a vain attempt at omnipotence or omnipresence. But, less ambiguously, the fear of being under the control of an authoritarian system is challenging to measure and consistently disruptive. On the other hand, if AI governing systems occur in a democracy, the additional complexity and the challenge of increased social sensitivity require a plan.

So how will it be possible to recognize the responsibility of artificial intelligence? What role will it play in identifying priorities? Could such entities get the world to “yes?” on any question requiring herculean coordinated action? The United Nations, the signers of the Paris Accord, and every hot and cold war from the beginning of history continue as attempts to control a future. Yet, these failing efforts at control also establish trends worthy of intense focus. Resolution by catastrophe and limited mitigation success amid long-term failure is reversible. Yet, the potential for predictive analysis leading to long-term success is only possible by accepting the massive addition of artificial foresight. Here is an example:

The Milky Way is just one of the billions of galaxies in the universe. The illustration of 100,000 or more galaxies detected near the Milky Way is named Laniakea. The Earth is amidst supercluster networks linked by voids. Nature Video, based on Tully et al. 2014) Nature Video, based on Tully et. al. 2014 Also see: Vox Space Maps.

The Report sees the implementation of global action capable of producing solid, broadly acceptable answers to problems Resources to implement tests with trusted procedures are in constant development. There are well-schooled day-to-day process actors on the national and international stage (developing here). The books and papers on the economics of globalization reveal extreme poverty further complicated by violent climate change, drought, famine, violence, flood, and fire. To believe natural forces create these horrors is a grave error for one reason – the significant places of impact are well-known, and the trends are clear. What trends will reduce these impacts and be helpful for people, their communities, the nation, and the world?

Without the math to sort trends independently, the data provider must be trusted, and its users should be capable of empirical confirmation. Another aspect is the geography of the search location. For example, using the search term “Market Share,” Washington D.C. claims search levels higher than Wall Street. Search one word such as “Energy” in 2021 and reveal Texas and the fracking states on top of the list geographically.

Today’s trends are data-rich catalogs of words and numbers, graphics, and near real-time images. Deconstruction is available in segments of action measured from microseconds to decades and from clicks to buys. To look at how trends are handled, visit Exploding Topics or go to the source of much of it in Google Trends to see top search queries neatly organized in daily search trends. Google offers Year in Search 2021 with a video recap of global searches. For “things,” they offer 2022 Shopping Trends. Quintillions of inquiries packed digitally lead to refreshing questions such as:

“What is the transparency level needed from (the AI search engine company) to claim meaningful trends? Are they accurate to the period, durable as values, resilient in the face of crisis, and adaptable to the prospect of peace or the prevention of violence in a world of unrelenting change?”


There is a significant probability that transparency will not occur. It can, however, be signaled in the investments made to acquire market positions related to AI development. Other trend-specific investments and capitalization activities are more challenging to identify as products that signal the ability of an AI to create and control. Measuring the rate of acceleration in thought cannot be measured by distance per time period squared for the lack of a worldwide idea of thought governing the signals of change below. In this area, the sixth priority will move upward.

Seven Signals of Change

The Report offers seven signals of global; change introduced below from low to high priority.

  1Climate changeparts per million per day everywhere
  2Urbanizationcoverage per capita/cost per capita
  3Demographic variationssocial characteristics, location cohorts
  4Economic disparities  competitive dollar/held equity indicators
  5Health conditionsvital statistics by sensitivity, age, sex
  6Purpose of artificial intelligencetrust in response to questions
  7The threat of high-impact asteroidsfind them, have a moving truck strategy

Priority Seven: What is space for other than long-term thinking?

The design of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test revealed several changes in astrophysics. First, the schematic idea was to hit an asteroid 6.7 million miles from Earth with a spacecraft the length of a school bus and around the mass of a dairy cow (570 kilograms). Instead, the impact changed the asteroid’s orbit by 32 minutes. That means they pushed the small asteroid moon Dimorphos away from the large one, Didymos, on September 26, 2022.

The DART project included SMART and DRACO, LUKE, and LEIA. All are extraordinary accomplishments. The project cost was just $324.5 million. Ninety-five percent of that was for spacecraft development. The remaining expense is the Falcon 9 and a year of mission operations. 

Implementation begins with: we can do this but should we, and if yes, where does it fit as a national priority? An act designed to protect all of humanity from an extinction event by intentionally changing the motion of a celestial object was more than a mathematical prediction. See the entire mission as far more than a spatial deflection project in the NASA explainer (here). The integration of endeavors like this will become more holistic.

Priority Six: The Emergence of Artificial Intelligence.

The rollout of AI is the most crucial issue for sustaining investment representative of the needs of humankind. Much of the world may recognize the capacity of an AI to beat a Chess Master or win on the Jeopardy TV show. However, it has progressed further than games and is progressively more competitive in all fields. Public administrations and private companies will also produce trends in gaining or losing trust as these systems develop.

The AI subject remains exhaustive, complicated, and undecided. It is much like the mysteries that DNA offers the future of all life. Investors in the cloud believe it to be the ultimate tool. The uses and purposes of these machines are without regulations governing issues specific to the needs of people, organizations, and national and international organizations.

Priority Five: Human Status and Well-being

Human health and well-being require no greater purpose than a sustained investment in reporting. Given the academic and scientific rigor of the health professions, complemented by health data, reporting systems have gained trust given the “all alert” priority driven by the crisis response to the COVID-19 virus and its mutations. However, the focus on determining cause and establishing prevention protocols remains an exhibit of economic and political disparities.

The Budget for 2022-2023 of the World Health Organization is $6.72 billion [? San Francisco Bay Bridge span replacement, 2002-2013] and spread thinly (here). On the other hand, the Department of Health in New York State is $204.3 billion here).

Priority Four: Social and Economic Disparities

Public policy, with few exceptions, is limited to keeping the economic stress on a population to a known minimum using various social cohorts and locations. The widening wealth gap is nonempirical and tends to become conspiratorial. Conspiracies “fill in”  unknowns based on the joys of imagination and social position. For example, the persistence of poverty is described as a natural occurrence. It is not. Poverty can be ended. How to do so is the unanswered question.

The data required to end poverty is available, but the resource argument remains with evolutionary thinking. A region’s people will flee from sources of degradation they alone cannot stop. Economic hardship, corruption, war, flood, fire, drought, and starvation rise on a well-known global landscape without a hint of an effective long-term resolution.


Issue Three: Diversity and Life’s Structure

Diversity is an unknown “want” in the economic sense. As the population becomes increasingly urbanized, social diversity increases and the natural environment changes radically toward safety. Few are sensitive to the enormous importance of want in “a wilderness.” For most people, other than understanding that the primate species of the early Earth became modern humans, the diversity required for that to happen is a vague notion. A debate on the function of diversity in life’s structure is (here).

Priority Two: The Urbanized Earth

The formation of cities and megaregions defines the Anthropocene with a vast array of uses for land and sea. Yet, it has occurred without a deep understanding of the consequences caused by various levels of dominance.

Priority One: Climate Change

Definitively proving that human activity can change the weather is the first injection of fear at a global scale. The term “existential drift” is prevalent among those monitoring extremes with measures of human cost. It is an “existential crisis” among those attempting to measure the cost. It is a “hoax” to those grasping to retain a lifestyle connection with seas and rivers, coupled with high investments in land value and policies to retain tax long as possible.

Sixty million people live in the shadow of volcanoes worldwide, and another billion will face sea level rise in every coming decade and continue until the remaining gods of the unknown dispense suffering to billions. Fear is a cruel emotion; however, it is the beginning of finding wisdom before blood.

The following section will assume a growing understanding of AI’s role in society, given this entity’s impact on the seven issues above as a filter.

No Limits Preservation

Review the designation reports and a citywide map of all city landmarks (here).

Report PDF (here)

On September 18, 2007, the school at 2274-86 Church Avenue became a New York City Landmark. The designation report includes “The Town of Flatbush,” “Public Education in Flatbush,” and a description of the campaign to build the now-demolished school. The information also includes a brief biography of the building’s architect John Culyer whose contribution to the development of New York City is unquestioned. That vanished historic structure is in the upper right corner of the map at Church Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Except for the image (above) and the designation report (here), the building became a story, not a place in 2016. Its future as a place that respects the past is now in question.

On March 2, 2016, Sarah Crean wrote its brief epitaph, “Demolished: Landmark Flatbush District #1 School” (here). Although the building lost its structural integrity, the cause of its demolition was a deficiency of interest from potential investors coupled with the lack of initiative by its city government managers.

The Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces Historic District is part of this community’s historical legacy. However, the building loss speaks to what it takes to save a landmark. In late 2021 the construction of Nine DeKalb Avenue (Brooklyn’s First Supertower) neared completion at 73 stories. It will offer over 400 condominium apartments for sale and occupancy in 2022. It seems unlikely that this massive structure would express historic preservation values, but there is a story here.

In 1932, the architects Halsey, McCormack & Helmer designed the hexagonal structure of the original building on the site as a bank. Due mainly to the building’s impressive atrium and the decade in which it is a part, it became a New York City Landmark in 1994. With the permission of the city’s Landmarks Commission, the new architects  (ShoP) integrated the bank into the final design. The initial debate on this development is whether integrating the original design into the building is appropriate.  From an architectural critic’s point of view, it has succeeded.

Nevertheless, from a “development as social change” perspective, the debate could not be more heated or significant. Turn the page.

James Baldwin

I have no idea if Aeon Video is a good source to use, but these few minutes of James Baldwin are vitally important to recall as words spoken a half-century ago. Even more instructive is the obsequious British joy in gaining Balwin’s participation in their instruction and then of the insight of Buckley who became an apologist for racism while defending American values as he has learned of them.

Nowhere else can one see more clearly how the knowledge and experience of hypocrisy carried by Baldwin contrast with a white male intellectual who sees his world as one designed specifically to conduct “a win” at the expense of all others. The community’s authentic voice is diverse, and it is this built-in strangeness that every agency or agent for change struggles to understand.

Do you know how a disaster (flood, fire) in a city will strengthen resolve while drought will have people at each other’s throats? I do. We are in that drought, and the political premise is correct — we do overvalue consensus because people want it to exist.  A bit of core knowledge in the people of the color world is that change tends to be for the worse, exceptions prove the rule, and there is a pedagogy of the oppressed. These core perceptions are poorly understood and when “the white world of capital investment” comes knocking at the door and says we are here to x, y, and z you all. It becomes incredibly disappointing. The things to which you, we, or they can agree to “at least somewhat” do not build well on contradictory and unevaluated value systems. Not once in my long life has a developer entered the room saying we are racist. We represent a racist system. What is said is you have a role to play. If you move outside of that role (caste) and exact a price on the change we propose, we will label your efforts extortion. Not once have they ever said we accept full responsibility as system representatives. We commit ourselves to finance a way for you, for all of us to be that way starting now and forever.

Eye on the Mountain Top

snow covered mountains
Photo by Patrick Doyle on

In the Wind

On January 4, 2013, The New York City Independent Budget Office of New York City published a study on the cost of Hurricane Sandy in overtime pay. As part of that study, the chart below illustrates who made the most money. There is a way to look at this sarcastically but helpfully. The Police as an institution is making a mess like Hurricane Sandy, but Sanitation was available to help clean it up. When it comes to the police, the people have no sanitation. There is an irony about this as the result of a modest bit of digging by the IBO because of a hurricane.

Irony: The nation’s rage is that hurricane.

The IBO: Reduced Funding for Reform

I know the connection to hurricane overtime pay is a stretch, (details here), but I’m sure the overtime numbers will be equally interesting in overtime pay for police, ironically in the name of the public’s safety and the protection of property. Last November, voters approved an increase in Civilian Complaint Review Board staffing. Does the Mayor’s Budget Plan Provide the Funds? No. Staffing for what would be a modest reform effort at best would be below the level approved by voters. Find out more: here for the deep end. Some of the points are:

  • In January, the Mayor released his Preliminary Budget for the upcoming fiscal year and included funding for 17 additional Civilian Complaint Review Board positions to comply with the new City Charter mandate. In April, the Mayor dropped these positions from his Executive Budget for a savings of $1.1 million in the fiscal year 2021, which begins July 1.
  • The City Charter revision approved by voters in 2019 included language providing the Mayor with authority to declare that “unforeseen financial circumstances” prevent the city from being able to attain the 0.65 percent minimum staffing requirement.
  • The city’s financial plan now includes funds for staffing the additional Civilian Complaint Review Board positions in 2022—one year later than previously planned. IBO estimates the city’s budget shortfall for 2022 is nearly $6 billion, a much deeper budget gap than the city faces in 2021.
  • Moreover, the actual size of the review board’s staff as of the end of February stood at 203, or 16 fewer than currently budgeted.

Prepared by Bernard O’Brien New York City Independent Budget Office

The NYPD still makes a giant money-sucking sound and the city runs on $90 Billion. A substantial sum. That is why the only good news is as of today June 30, 2020, Mayor Da Blabla – cut one billion out of the NYPD’s budget. Dig in: Office of Management and Budget –

I would like to eventually find out if the staffing for the Review Board will be replaced, and what was cut, and if it makes sense to the police reform advocates.

Seven Facts About the NYPD Budget (here)
Source: Citizens Budget Commission

  1. About $11 billion from the City’s budget are allocated to the NYPD.
  2. The NYPD has the third-largest agency operating budget.
  3. Most of the NYPD budget is for salaries and wages, and the largest share funds street patrol.
  4. About one-third of NYPD employees are civilians.
  5. The average pay for police officers was more than $90,000 and as high as $190,000 for captains, including overtime.
  6. The NYPD budget has grown by one-third since the fiscal year 2010.
  7. NYPD headcount grew by more than 3,000 employees since the fiscal year 2010.

Funding Sources of the NYPD Budget

Most of the NYPD’s budget is funded by City tax dollars:

  • 92 percent, or $5.2 billion, is City-funded
  • 6 percent, or $349 million, is federally funded
  • 2 percent, or $82 million, is State-funded
  • Less than 1 percent is from other categorical grants

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Desmond Meade was in prison for 3-years, and Omar Epps grew up with the system stacked against his Brooklyn community.  We now know that lobbyists and special interests have worked together for decades to keep our criminal justice system broken. They pressure politicians for harsher sentences, they push to keep our jails filled, and they even get tax kickbacks for using inmates as free labor.

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