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You Can Buy One of Apple’s First Computers for About $300,000

Nick Salter:

but is it compatible with FaceTime?

Originally posted on TIME:

One of Apple’s first-ever computers, the Apple 1, is headed to auction Wednesday, with an expected price tag of between $300,000 and $500,000.

The computing relic was designed by Steve Wozniak in 1975 when the Apple co-founder wrote code by hand and fit together cut-rate parts onto a motherboard. “It was the first time in history,” Wozniak has said, “anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own computer’s screen right in front of them.”

The Apple 1 now up for auction was functioning as of last month, and can still run very basic commands. It’s believed to be part of the first batch of 50 units assembled in Jobs’ family garage. It contains a circuit board with four rows and 18 columns, a keyboard interface, 8K bytes of RAM and comes with a keyboard and a monitor.

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Why this project is so important

Politicians are influenced by their constituents, the general electorate, lobbyists, donors and their own political and career agendas, and shape policy, local activity and their comments accordingly.  Political parties should of course be offering comprehensive, sustainable, egalitarian, social and economic plans – but they are not.  This project seeks to promulgate such a plan so the electorate will understand and demand it.  This will change what people seek from politicians, and in turn shape the policies offered by political parties.  It is the way to end the vicious circle of incompetence, failed policies, failed political careers, corruption, distrust, and lack of popular interest in politics.  It is a no blame solution too, as it could be argued that political parties have a duty to represent the people, and do not have a mandate to do much more.

If you currently don’t vote, or vote UKIP etc., because you don’t think anyone is worth voting for, find out about Rationalism and its solutions; then contact your national politicians: in Parliament, Europe, Senate, Congress etc. saying that you will only vote for them when they have policies that implement Rational Group solutions.

Get in touch with us by email to find out about Rational Group solutions: we can call you back or you can attend or host a meeting.

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Rationalism – a comprehensive ideology

Rationalism details the economic methods and describes the social and business structures necessary for a sustainable, peaceful and functional world. It offers unique and original solutions and describes the systems required to best manage education, training, employment, housing, healthcare, taxation, world trade, capital and global resources


Understanding the problems – ideological extremism

Flawed or non-existent social and economic policy has led to unrest and suffering around the globe – Brazil, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are examples.  An ideological vacuum persists in Europe, it has not progressed to form a federation like the USA, and separatist parties are gaining influence.

Egypt, Israel, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Ukraine are or have been war zones; lack of sound ideology, understood by everyone, has allowed ideological extremism to gain influence.

Googling ‘ideological extremists’ one can find an article (link below) which suggests counter ideology is required to combat ideological extremism and terrorism.  Rationalism can offer this counter ideology: a way to secure the peace, provide a rich secular existence and build prosperity before and after the troops leave. Without it we will continue to see division along sectarian lines and return to turmoil, as is now the case in Iraq (August 2014)


Understanding the problems – poor economic management and inequity

We are not producing the right goods and services, nor in a sustainable way, and they are not being distributed optimally. Rationalism provides answers to how the 3 objectives of economic efficiency, sustainability, and equity can be achieved. To set mankind on the path to achieving these objectives, which one needs to come first and why? Can you think of two things essential to achieving the objective?

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Understanding the problems – economic theory

It’s good to identify and understand the problems before working on the solutions!

Companies rise and fall but there is no need for there to be an overall rise.  Economic contraction can be an indicator of greater efficiency. The belief that economic growth is essential, the reliance on it as a cure-all, and the important things that are consequently ignored, are the most significant and damaging failures of contemporary economic theory. Economic growth is not the primary thing we should be monitoring, only in the developing world, assuming regions should remain inhabited, need there be growth. Wealth creation and increase in economic output can and do go in opposite directions and therefore need to be understood as decoupled by economists and the electorate. See if you can come up with five reasons preoccupation with economic growth is bad. inbox@ourvote.org

Rationalism and Rational Group

Two things are needed to end the world’s problems:

The first is a full, viable and clear ideology.  Rationalism provides the moral principles, social structures and economic methods necessary for mankind to flourish now and, because it allows the recommendations of environmental science to be embraced, in the future too.  Like the founder, most people will be unaware of any previous use of the word ‘Rationalism’ but for clarity the ideology is unrelated to anything else or earlier philosophy.

The second is widespread understanding and global popular support for Rationalism. By joining or supporting the Rational Group, spreading the word, canvassing, signing petitions, making a donation, contributing ideas and research, helping with web site, social media, or language translation you will be doing important work to make the world a better place.  Fortunately, public support for Rationalism can be widespread and informed, partly because the causes and solutions to world problems are actually quite straight forward, and also because the internet allows ideas to be disseminated freely in a way that was impossible 500, 100 or even 10 years ago.

In the case of democracies, politicians are receptive to public opinion; in the case of authoritarian regimes, leaders still need viable ideology, so wherever you live it is well worth investing the small effort necessary to see change

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