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It doesn’t even make sense that my brother, on Black Planet, an internet, Black Dating Site, would try to attack me with Bernard London’s, “Law of Obsolescence Economic Philosophy.”

I wrote a commentary on October 5, 2017, titled: “DID THE LIGHTS COME ON?” to acknowledge “Americas Evolutionary Culture.” One of my critics posted comment: “Why as African-Americans, would we even listen for “pet lovers” and “morning joggers,” the same people that support “Nuclear Proliferation Policy.”

First, let’s talk about “Their Culture.” When I hear Brown and Black People referencing White People as “Their Culture,” immediately I think of Bernard London’s, “Planned Obsolescence.” In “Planned Obsolescence,” Bernard London proposed “assigning a lease of life” to shoes, homes, machines, and to all inanimate products of manufacture. After “this new lease of life” expires and “at which time so should products of manufacture.” These things and their lease of life would be ‘legally dead’ ; would be controlled by the ‘duly appointed’ governmental agency; and would be destroyed if there is ever “widespread unemployment.” So, just as a matter of “face-value,” Bernard London’s prima-facie literary premises are all out-dated.

In the early 20th century, new industrial testing, manufacturing and recycling processes inspired engineers to create new materials – plastic especially. This wave of industrial science benchmarked industrial transformation. Susan Freinkel, in “A Brief History of Plastic’s Conquest of the World,” on May 29, 2011, describes what she saw as “the evolutionary manufacturing process.”

Freinkel explains, “Production of single-use disposable merchandise eventually became the manufacturing strategy in the United States.” These products are usually biodegradable and therefore disposed of as “solid waste.” Disposable products are most often made from paper, plastic, cotton, or polystyrene foam. The “disposable culture,” in the manufacturing industry sparked a “universal consumer revolution” in purchasing attitudes and behaviors. The “disposable merchandise” strategy meant production goods could be manufactured cheaper for consumers; conveniently packaged; and purchased inexpensively. The increased “use of disposable products” has led to increased “in-home,” as well as, “dump-site” waste. Moreover, the increased “use of disposable products” is also a “major cause of over-consumption.” Meanwhile some “green waste recycling movements,” such as “waste-recyclable sorting” and landfill diversion, seek to “combat disposable-product overuse” and the resulting trash.[1] Household goods are often expensive. Maintaining these household-products means increased consumer cost. Consumer costs include: storage, replenishing, recyclable-sorting and disposal. The consumer disposable-recyclable product culture is evolving.

For most of history, combs were made of almost any material humans had at hand, including bone, tortoiseshell, ivory, rubber, iron, tin, gold, silver, lead, reeds, wood, glass, porcelain, and paper-mâché. But in the late nineteenth century, that panoply of possibilities began to fall away with the arrival of a totally new kind of material—celluloid, the first man-made plastic. Combs was among the first and most popular objects made of celluloid. And having crossed that material Rubicon, comb makers never went back. Ever since combs generally have been made of one kind of plastic or another. Of course, the comb story is part of a bigger vision called “Material constraint.”

Material constraint, limited supplies, and resource versatility are all reasons why manufacturers and craftsmen select one kind of material over another one. However, the other thing that happens is as, Jeffrey Meikle, pointed out in his insightful cultural history of American Plastic. “By replacing materials that were hard to find or expensive to process, “celluloid plastics democratized” a host of goods for an expanding consumption-oriented middle class. Instead of metal, wood or alternate materials, “other plastics” would follow. Celluloid plastics are being offered as a means for Americans to buy their way into new stations in life. Savings, selection and pricing has increased consumer-purchasing power. As well as, forced manufacturers and product retail outlets into enhanced target-market competition. [2] This methodical internalization of “indispensability” has all but, transformed peoples’ attitudes about everyday buying decisions. Consumers now demand choice alternatives while shopping for everyday household-products.

In my article, I spoke about being the designer of “A Pet Poo-Bag,” and receiving a Nobel Laureate Pulitzer Prize for Keeping the Peace between warring factions. Consumer guideposts in buyer decision-making are critical. Most people decide where they are financially supporting companies and why. Analogous consumer-purchasing marketing-intelligence explains consumption and purchasing behaviors. Why people are packing in recyclable-sorting bags, paper instead of plastic or insides boxes. It is safe to note, consumer-class ethnic, racial, and regional-geographic delimiter mitigation strategies have all empowered more democratic consumption-authority. The participant-will of “American’s” and the resulting manufacturing industries have opened up a larger disposable culture.

Let’s reflect a minute: “Have our lives become so convenient that even life is disposable”?What if we all started to ignore health; pharmaceutical; and manufacturing company guidance? Our lack of awareness or civil disobedience might lead to pandemics like the Mexican-flu, Measles and Polio Virus. Policing Agency abuse and racial discrimination might increase. Super Store giants like Walmart; Target and others might begin to price-gouge. Online Moguls like Hulu and Amazon streaming services would cripple the film and music industry (Sinclair Broadcast Group) offering higher demand for free stuff. In the apparel industry (BioWorld Merchandisers) would only produce cheap easily destructable skewed merchandise. Media groups such as (Fox, Berkshire Hathaway, OWN) would drive information sources and expanded knowledge freedoms would soon claim bankruptcy. In the oil and gas industry (Haliburton, OPEC) and iconic brands have all traditionally impacted our economy. Buyer’s decisions about travel and savings are all a direct result of purchasing power. Manufacturing industries are beacon’s of innovation. Most people listen and decided when and how to purchase manufactured goods and products. The amount of money available and accessible to industry leaders impacts their ability to make recommendations and suggestions that play a vital-role in expanding trusted business relationships. Business relationships that improve the quality of our health-conscious communities.

As I read and understand Bernard London’s very racist individual commentary, I am angered by his rantings about African-American people. How he describes “The new paradox of plenty,” constituting a challenge to revolutionize our economic thinking at a time of profound conceptual classicist economic-thought philosophy. A philosophy based on his belief that “nature was niggardly.” As a human race American’s are constantly confronted by the ‘specter of shortages.’ These shortages are not required solvency by “expired leases of life.” Bernard London explores the economist Malthus writings in 1798 and warns that the “White Race” would be impoverished by an increase in population. London predicted that “Minority group development,” would greatly exceed gains in the production of foodstuffs. The ideas of the conservationist goal, is counter-intuitive to solid waste indispensability. London, states, “the creative modern technology leading social reformation is due only to “planned obsolescence ideologue’s” and to white folks being hurt by expired leases of life.”

Mr. Bernard states, “In the present inadequate economic organization of society, far too much is staked on the unpredictable whims and caprices of the consumer. Changing habits of consumption have destroyed property values and opportunities for employment. The welfare of society has been left to pure chance and accident. In a word, people generally, in a frightened and hysterical mood, are using everything that they own longer than was their custom before the depression. In the earlier period of prosperity, the American people did not wait until the last possible bit of use had been extracted from every commodity. They replaced old articles with new reasons for fashion and up-to-dated-ness. They gave up old homes and old automobiles long before they were worn out, merely because they were obsolete. All business, transportation, and labor had adjusted themselves to the prevailing habits of the American people. Perhaps, prior to the panic, people were too extravagant; if so, they have now gone to the other extreme and have become retrenchment-mad. People everywhere are today disobeying the law of obsolescence. They are using their old cars, their old tires, their old radios, and their old clothing much longer than statisticians had expected on the basis of earlier experience.” Since people were just hanging on to stuff…The United States Economy was failing, according to Mr. Bernard London. But, what is really upsetting is that he said, “The retrenchment economy was a ‘Niggardly’ way of Life. And somehow that is why ‘Americas Economy’ was failing. To say, “retrenchment economy” is the “African-American, way of life is volatile and damaging to recyclable-sorting disposability

Bernard maintains “that taxes should be levied on the people who are retarding progress and preventing business from functioning normally, rather than as at present on those who are cooperating and promoting progress. Therefore I propose that when a person continues to possess and use old clothing, automobiles, and buildings after they have passed their obsolescence date, as determined at the time they were created, he should be taxed for such continued use of what is legally “dead.”

Remember, the images of the millions of American’s from hurricane Katrina in Louisiana; and Hurricane Harvey in Houston, piling up old clothing, automobiles; building furniture and electronics on the curbs waiting on FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, to come by and audit their life’s worth for a small percentage payout of what they spent on those goods. These people’s lives were turned upside down because of Natural Disasters and Weather Devastation.

If we test what Mr. Bernard London’s point against “complete mitigation within her environmental ecology” we can very quickly see a “Thorough process of checking control– of what the manufacturer sells to the dealer, and through reports by retailers of what they sell to consumers, the Government will know by the end of the year just what income it will be sure of getting, and this amount it will be paid

Whether people are making big profits or not, in Bernard London’s, plan, people would rectify the fundamental inequalities of our present economic system, in which we follow a hit-or-miss method, one gets much more than he needs or can use, and another less or nothing. In 1932, Mr. Bernard London was implying “A Risk Management Policy Shift.” The primary goal of risk management is to protect a business or organization from vulnerability. Most risk management plans concentrate on maintaining organization viability and decreasing any financial risks. Risk management is designed to provide protection to customers, employees and the public from damaging events that have a direct effect on them.

“We should learn to use our material resources so that all can partake of them, yet so that none will be any poorer or worse off than today,” London explains. I am not so sure that this explanation of “Ending the depression through planned “obsolescence,” would work today.[3] There are different types of risk management plans used to mitigate an organization’s risks. Common workplace-related risks include accidents, natural disasters, and fires. Legal risks include sexual harassment, fraud, and theft. Risk management plans are also required to manage risks associated with business practices, such as market instability, data storage, project failures, credit risks, and record security.

Consumers’ culture today is slightly more sophisticated. When African-American’s do listen to her culture within “her environmental ecology” we see “complete mitigation.” Risk management is useful for protecting physical facilities, securing information and protecting any physical assets an organization uses or owns. Risks are properly managed in an organization by recognizing the consequences associated with individual risks and developing a plan for them. People who move into disaster-prone neighborhoods; people who move their families and loved ones’ to Brown Waste Reclamation lands; people who elect to live in Disaster Zone communities; and people who move to Food Desserts’ knowingly elect to accept the consequences of their terrible decision-making. Including any financial losses that come with them ignoring the obvious warning signs posted by other Americans; by other Nations; by Federal Government Agencies; by Financial Banking Institutions; and by their predecessors and ancestors before them. I can’t even laugh right now. The fact that Bernard London in 1932 was saying, “African-Americans” Niggardly attitude is the reason they are now suffering is ridiculous. It is not within the ecology of ‘Blacks’ to not heed the advice of White Americans who are the majority race in our Democracy. As a matter of consequence, most of the people that never fully recover from natural disasters just never bothered to read the fine print. Other types of political risk – including state actions to promote state-owned … markets; and loss mitigation through improved business continuity planning and crisis management[4]

According to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2017 report on Carbon Emissions and Abatement in Civil Society, further efforts to curtail harmful emissions is a reality for several states in the United States. “In response to a growing concern over global warming, the last decade has seen a surge in proposals for reducing the carbon dioxide emissions associated with electric power generation, many of which include large build-outs of renewable technologies including wind, photovoltaics (PVs), concentrating solar power (CSP), geothermal, wave, and tidal power[5] It’s time to acknowledge rising consumer demand for renewable energy. Studies have shown that combining different renewable technologies into single portfolios may improve the portfolio’s performance due to increased diversity.21–24 In order to test this hypothesis in the context of carbon abatement, the model was run with different portfolios of renewables. First, a set of simulations explored the potential synergies between wind and solar power by repeating the build-out scenarios of the single-technology studies, but with constant fractions of each portfolio devoted to wind and to solar technologies.”[6]

In Euro Active, Jared Braslawsky is secretary-general of Renewable Energy Certificate System (RECS) International. A leading expert in the market for guarantees of origin and other electricity tracking instruments. He recently launched the International REC Standard Foundation, which implements and standardizes attribute tracking systems around the globe.[7] PNAS published a paper today by nuclear and fossil fuel supporters, which is replete with false information for the sole purpose of criticizing a paper.[8]

  1. To Clack’s claim that nuclear, fossils with carbon capture and biofuels reduce costs of DE carbonization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes the exact opposite in (Section 7.8.2) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
  2. To clack’s claim that we propose technologies that can’t be scaled up, we disagree. Underground thermal energy storage in rocks is a well-tested (in multiple locations) and established low-cost seasonal heat-storage technology that costs less than 1/300th that of batteries per unit energy stored. It is a form of district heating, which is already used worldwide (e.g., 60 percent of Denmark). Moreover, hot water storage or electric heat pumps can substitute for underground thermal energy storage.
  3. To clack’s claim that we made modeling errors, this is absolutely false, as indicated in each specific published response. Most notably, Clack claims that we erred because our peak instantaneous hydropower load discharge rate exceeded our maximum possible annual-average discharge rate. But Clack is wrong because averages mathematically include values higher and lower than the average. Clack made other similar mathematical errors.
  4. Clack falsely claims that the 3-D climate model, GATOR-GCMOM, that we used “has never been adequately evaluated,” despite it taking part in 11 published multi-model inter-comparisons and 20 published evaluations against wind, solar and other data. And, despite Zhang’s 2008 Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry Journal comprehensive review that concluded GATOR-GCMOM is “the first fully-coupled online model in the history that accounts for all major feedbacks among major atmospheric processes based on first principles” and hundreds of processes in it still not in any other model.

Like I’ve always maintained even before Barack Obama was elected President on November 4, 2008, I DO NOT want to angle in or even discuss NUCLEAR Politics with people that don’t have any expertise whatsoever in energy. Research has shown that macro-level indicators can be quantified and modeled like other types of risk. For example, Eurasia Group produces a political risk index which incorporates four distinct categories of sub-risk into a calculation of macro-level political stability. This Global Political Risk Index can be found in publications like The Economist.[9] Although, it is true that certain groups of people in the United States may be more likely to just ignore Nuclear Policy Politics, there are more people who know…but just did not want to get totally immersed in Nuclear Energy Policy.

A common misconception is that macro-level political risk only looks at country-level political risk; however, the coupling of local, national, and regional political events often means that events at the local level may have follow-on effects for stakeholders on a macro-level. Other types of risk include government currency actions, regulatory changes, sovereign credit defaults, endemic corruption, war declarations, and government composition changes. These events pose both portfolio investment and foreign direct investment risks that can change the overall suitability of a destination for investment. Moreover, these events pose risks that can alter the way a foreign government must conduct its affairs as well. Macro political risks also affect the organizations operating in the nations and the result of macro-level political risks are like confiscation, causing seizing of businesses’ property.[10]

Besides the obvious, people get scared in a silly way, when we hear an uneducated person talking casually about Nuclear Energy. Because there are irreparable consequences that come with mistakes. Although, these fears about someone’s’ opinion extend beyond the realm of scientific observations and implementations that dealing directly with science. Establishing context sensitive solutions and designs often only involves input from the predominant racial class. PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION started a Monthly Pedestrian Awareness Meeting at a local library. For several months, the only people that were remotely interested in improving their transportation infrastructure and roads in their neighborhoods were the moderate to wealthy people from District 5. The opinions and views of minority classes are important. However, macro-political participation is shallow or at best minimal. Factors such as incarceration, police abuse of power, poverty, drugs, gangs, homelessness, welfare and subsistence housing indicators are very high. Additionally, the citizen’s that could have a powerful voice within public transportation policy networks are just silent. It’s a very sad reality in the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma. So, future leadership, in topics about energy in District 5, are probably going to be minimal.

The solution to low-level macro-political participation is to establish a collaborative, interdisciplinary decision-making process that involves all stake-holders despite equality variances that bridge consultation efforts.

The Context Sensitive Solution Design I’m referring to is simple:

  1. Strive toward a vision that is important, current and topical for decision-makers.
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of all contextual content.
  3. Foster continuing communication and collaboration to achieve cross-cultural consensus.
  4. Exercise flexibility and creativity while preserving community and natural modularity.

Consideration of physical aspects, economic, social, and environmental resources in the community being served by Pedestrian Awareness Crosswalk Education is important.

Terence Morris (@pacetulsa) is the author and founder of PACE TULSA a global think-tank focusing on intersecting awareness of educational opportunities within pedestrian crosswalks and public transportation policy.


[1] Hill, M.K. (2010). Understanding Environmental Pollution. Cambridge University Press. p. 519. ISBN 978-1-139-48640-8

[2] Meikle, Jeffrey L. (1997) American Plastic: A Cultural History Paperback. Ppg1-2

[3] London, Bernard (1932). Ending the Depression through Planned Obsolescence. 1932. pgs.1-8

[4] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_risk#Political_Risk_Mitigation&gt;

[5] O. Ekren and B. Y. Ekren, Appl. Energy, 2010, 87, 592–598.

[6] W. Zhou, C. Lou, Z. Li, L. Lu and H. Yang, Appl. Energy, 2010, 87,380–389.

[7] Jared Braslawsky is secretary-general of Renewable Energy Certificate System (RECS) International. He is a leading expert in the market for guarantees of origin and other electricity tracking instruments. He recently launched the International REC Standard Foundation, which implements and standardizes attribute tracking systems around the globe.

[8] Jacobson, Mark. (2017) Eco Watch, a Magazine Publication. 04:23 PM EST

[9] Rolling with the Punches,” Economist, October 1, 2007 [2] (accessed 05/06/2008)

[10] Alon, Ilan; McKee, David L. (1999). “Towards a Macro-environmental Model of International Franchising”. Multinational Business Review. 7 (1): 76–82.




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