planned growth

April 22: MoMA director Glenn Lowry and Harvard Mahindra Center for the Humanities director Homi Bhabha will lead a discussion on pressing issues related to rapidly-changing cities. The talk is presented in conjunction with the current MoMA exhibition Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities.

[Reclaiming Growth. 2014. Perspective of Mumbai with ultra-light growth and supragrowth. Courtesy Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab]

Week 2

After having defined my weekly program with Dr. Porgo on Monday morning, the week was concluded with a little party on Saturday evening to celebrate the marriage of Cristiano and Lidianne inviting the children of the village (3rd day of celebration).

But let’s get back to what I have done during the week.

In order to comprehend the Public Health system of Burkina Faso, piles of documents have been my best friends most days of this week. The Strategic Plan of Nutrition, the Plan of Integrated Treatment for Acute Malnutrition and the Strategic Plan for Accelerate Growth and Sustainable Development are just some of them. All in all a great way to see that on paper policies and strategies are present, in reality let’s see how effective they are.

Secondly, accompanied by Dr. Porgo we visited a CREN (Centre for Nutritional Rehabilitation), which is where moms go with their child/children in case of severe acute malnutrition. Here they undergo a 2 phase program of surveillance(1), transition and nutrition rehabilitation(2). During the first phase, the child gets assessed with anthropometric measurements (age, weight, length, brachial perimeter etc..), a doctor visit for probable respiratory and/or infectious diseases, an appetite test (with PlumpyNut) and general questions to the mother regarding breastfeeding practices. Phase 2 is the final assessment of the child, if he still presents low appetite, vomits, edema and/or respiratory issues hospitalization is the only solution, while if in good conditions can go back home with mandatory visits once a week to the nearest CSPS (Health Centre and of Social Promotion).  Between phase 1 and 2, a transition period occurs (2-5 days) the true nutrition rehab. with different infant formulas (provided by Unicef - F75, F100 and PlumpyNut) increased in energy and nutrient density over time according to the child’s status.

The total length of stay at CREN can be of maximum 21 days, generally the permanence is on average 10-15 days.

In the last part of the week, the trimestrial screening door to door of acute malnutrition took place. Before this with Dr. Porgo we did a training day for the ASBC (Community Based Agents of Health) in 2 sampled CSPS regarding the utilization of the bracelet, the targeted group (children 6-59 months) and the way to report the results on a provided paper sheet.

The following 2 days we then traveled to over 30 villages for the supervision on the field, in order to make sure the assessments were executed in a proper way.

Personal reflections:

-things never go as you would like, even if the training was perfectly carried out;

-working/assisting in field work is exhausting;

-before the training we had to make sure they could write and read (literacy rate at 36% in BF);

-it takes forever to do small things.

“You learn to appreciate the value of water when: you wake up in the morning and there is no water, you come back from work and there is no water..“

“The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. ”― Zbigniew Brzeziński, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era (1970)

The Technetronic Era:

The Club of Rome commissioned Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carters National Security Advisor, (who also with David Rockefeller formed The Trilateral Commission in 1973), to write The Technetronic Era. This is a post-industrial zero growth plan designed in part to cripple U.S. industry in order to prepare us for the New World Order.

NATO-Club of Rome officials charged with urgent anti-NASA action were Harland Cleveland, Joseph Slater, Claiborne K. Pell, Walter J. Levy, George McGhee, William Watts, Robert Strausz-Hupe (U.S. ambassador to NATO) and Donald Lesh. In May 1967 a meeting was organized by the Scientific and Technological Committee of the North Atlantic Assembly and the Foreign Policy Research Institute. It was called “Conference on Transatlantic Imbalance and Collabora-tion” and it was held at Queen Elizabeth’s palatial property in Deauville, France.

The basic purpose and intent of the conference at Deauville was to end U.S. technological and industrial progress. Out of the conference came two books, one of which is mentioned herein, Brzezinski’s “Technotronic Era.” The other was written by conference chairman, Aurellio Peccei, entitled “The Chasm Ahead.” Peccei largely agreed with Brzezinski.

The bible doesn’t say you’re God’s appliance; it says you’re His masterpiece. Appliances get mass-produced. Masterpieces get handcrafted. God did not make you exactly like anyone else. Therefore His plan for shaping you will not look like His plan for shaping anyone else. If you try to follow a generic plan for spiritual growth, it will only frustrate you.
—  The me I want to be by John Ortberg
Why the Critics of Bernienomics Are Wrong

Not day goes by, it seems, without the mainstream media bashing Berney Sanders’s economic plan – quoting certain economists as saying his numbers don’t add up. (The New York Times did it again just yesterday.) They’re wrong. You need to know the truth, and spread it.

1. “Well, do the numbers add up?”

Yes, if you assume a 3.8 percent rate of unemployment and a 5.3 percent rate of growth.

2. “But aren’t these assumptions unrealistic?”

They’re not out of the range of what’s possible. After all, we achieved close to 3.8 percent unemployment in the late 1990s, and we had a rate of 5.3 percent growth in the early 1980s.

3. “What is it about Bernie’s economic plan that will generate this kind of economic performance?”

His proposal for a single-payer healthcare system.

4. “But yesterday’s New York Times reported that two of your colleagues at Berkeley found an error in the calculations underlying these estimates. They claim Professor Gerald Friedman mistakenly assumes that a one-time boost in growth will continue onward. They say he confuses levels of output with rates of change.”

My esteemed colleagues see only a temporary effect from moving to a single-payer plan. But that view isn’t shared by economists who find that a major policy change like this can permanently improve economic performance. After all, World War II got America out of the Great Depression – permanently.

5. “So you think Bernie’s plan will generate a permanent improvement in the nation’s economic performance?”

Yes. Given that healthcare expenditures constitute almost 18 percent of the U.S. economy – and that ours is the most expensive healthcare system in the world, based on private for-profit insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies that spend fortunes on advertising, marketing, administrative costs, high executive salaries, and payouts to shareholders – it’s not far-fetched to assume that adoption of a single-payer plan will permanently improve U.S. economic performance.