Huygens Principle in My Mind

Ideas flow faster,
Than they can come out,
Every note, every voice, every thought in my mind,
Is Huygens Principle in the air,
Is a ripple in space and time,
The more data that it carries,
The less distance that it goes;
And the more, and the more, and the more…. and the less I can remember,
It needs a boost in communication,
Due to spatial subsummation,
Every crest in a wave makes the current less concave,
Makes my thoughts more complex to the point of reflex,
But this still does forestall my skill to recall,
It needs a boost, or a jog, a relay in the way,
That we do need convey,
What we think, must revise,
Our every action…
For the friction of our function without flexion is a lie,
Without switching up or routing down the path ahead is bleak,
External input is required to keep performance at its peak,
But symbiosis can be hard to come by…
We default to the quickest path,
Unless this means a lot of math,
And sometimes the road ahead is not clear.
As complexity just starts to mount,
With so many things you cannot count,
The buffer flows less freely over this stream.
This makes for a need for more control,
A check in every balance beam,
That goes out into the air,
To take the time – to look and see,
Whether we all care.
– Aaron E-J

The Rise of the Mediocre Meritocracy

The Rise of the Mediocre Meritocracy
The problem with a meritocracy is;
It caters to those already with this knowledge and skill,
While the potential minds of the undereducated majority,
Forced to be unmotivated because of the need to lose the competitive game,
Forced to be complacent so that those with the right kind of knowledge can stay in academic power,
While the real power lies in those who seize the reins and lock the chains but don’t know where go,
The plutocrat rule by the ill-informed,
Led on by the backlash of the forces of those we’ve deemed deplorable,
The outcast on the inside of the direction we must not go,
While those trapped in the ivory tower are arising new ideas out of meritocratic incest,

But there must be another way that leads to pedagogically pluripotent progress,
Instead of the institutionalized packaging of perfect people,
Who can think only in the lines that will get them the grade or grant because they have time for nothing else,
A heterarchical collaboration of distal ideas is a better model to base our future,
Because the sum of many values is always greater than an ideal being is torn asunder,
As long as the negative vibes of many conflictions are inverted and made to see the light of the other,
And once and a while, oneself is the other and the other must come to terms with the prospect that the differing views of the many may lead to better outcomes for the many.

The problem is, the ideas of the many, which lead to the better outcomes for the many, may not lead to better outcomes for you,
Just because the idea is good, does not mean the idea is also sound,
And just because the idea is sound, does not mean the idea is also good,
And an idea, is just an idea, is just an idea, is just an idea that will remain just an idea until action is taken,
And some actions, most actions, require outside support,
Require input and output and throughput and thought,
That many people, just don’t got,
Don’t have the skill, the will, the way, the means,
To follow through – the roads are blocked,
Because the plutocrats made a door, that’s locked,
And people forget,
Of the unwilling sacrifice that makes ivory be so white.
To make the tower that billions are turned away from, because the majority of people are in a minority,
And these many, in unconnected minority, have no voice.
– Aaron E-J

Here there be dragons

Here there be dragons,
I say, I think, I hope, I know,
For this is the power of imagination,
A power not of 1, or 2, or 3, or 4, or 11,
But one that bridges the gap between the known and the unknown,
Between certainty and uncertainty,
Between you and me and us and them and everything else that lives and wants to live,
Here we are –
Where we go,
I can only imagine.
-Aaron E-J

Solving world hunger through the miracle tree – moringa

         I was listening to a news story from the BBC recently about the starvation in the North East part of Nigeria called Borno and this made me think about the need for much wider adoption of Moringa oleifera better known as just moringa.  Moringa is a fast growing, drought resistant tree that has leaves and pods that are incredibly nutrient rich.  Just a few hundred grams of the leaves can provide sizable quantities of all of the essential amino acids and relatively high amounts of many vitamins and minerals.  Although there is growing awareness of the plant's usefulness for a wide range of issues, fighting starvation is perhaps the most acute. 
        However, I have found little in the way of news reports for the use of this tree in fighting starvation. If we airdropped large quantities of the seeds plus a starter nutrient during the beginning of the rainy season, we could potentially create a self-sustaining food source that requires little to no input. I sent a version of this post to contacts in UNICEF and USAID, no idea what will become these messages

Links for more information about moringa:

Moringa oleifera: A Food Plant with Multiple Medicinal Uses http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.2023/epdf

Adoption of Moringa oleifera to combat under-nutrition viewed through the lens of the “Diffusion of Innovations” theory
Thurber, M. D., & Fahey, J. W. (2009). Adoption of Moringa oleifera to combat under-nutrition viewed through the lens of the “Diffusion of Innovations” theory. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 48(3), 212–225. http://doi.org/10.1080/03670240902794598

Nigeria Boko Haram: 75,000 children 'risk dying of hunger'
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37991798