Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Those of us into GIS understand the importance of overlays.

Actually the "overlays" concept is from Graphic Arts; consider Photoshop's layers, which get juxtaposed to form the picture we see.

Anatomy books likewise feature plastic transparencies showing different systems within a body.

Politicians schooled in international affairs understand the namespace of nation-states as a way to get things done.  Wheels turn in this namespace.

However, a supranational corporation might see things differently, having "internal organs" in a number of nations.

Transferring goods from warehouse to warehouse is not necessarily seen as "export / import" in a conventional sense, so much as "intra-company".

The political overlay has been working hand in glove with the Arms Bazaar and continues to do so, meaning fueling fears (trading in fears, as a commodity) is a salient feature of political discourse.  But then just about any discourse (namespace) is capable of channeling fears, if evolved enough.

Fear of environmental catastrophe, macro, micro, and anywhere in between, may lead to pro-active planning.  For example, the Oregon legislature has just allocated some funds towards alleviating the affects of a major earthquake, such as Nepal recently suffered.  Oil spills:  another source of anxiety.

Sometimes politicians over-react upon discovering any network of control rooms that appears to ignore information considered critical to a solution, involving nation-state agreements.

Environmentalists investigate the effects of oil spills and toxic atmospheric pollution regardless of which rig or smoke stack is the source.  The maps do not highlight political boundaries as physical barriers to the spread of toxins -- because they're not (physical).

The goal is not to steal away that nation-state layer, from those occupying this namespace.  This ethnicity (of politicians) is entitled to have a discourse, operating within its own layer of the Global Matrix (a way of diagramming and juxtaposing layers on a spherical construct).

When we say "the nation-state layer has been deprecated" that's simply to acknowledge other governance languages (discourses) wherein some of these older concepts may have less currency or relevance.

A good bridge between the two layers (nationalist and supra-nationalist) is to picture the whole world as being Nation X, e.g. Israel.  Spaceship Earth = Promised Land = Homeland = Home Base.

In the imperialist grammar, that sounds like global conquest e.g. what happened to all those other nations?

However mastery of the global context is also consistent with being responsible for self governance i.e. one needs global awareness to act locally with integrity, so everyone needs to take in the Big Picture, not just Israelis.

It's all Iran.  It's all Holland.  It's all China.

So now what?

"External" versus "internal" goes away.  We have "out towards outer space" and "in towards Earth's core" along with "around the surface, in layers" (partially overlapping systems, juxtaposed).

Engineering languages may be cast as namespaces vested in global governance (management of global affairs).  In an older model, engineers worked as minions, under Pharaoh, the Sultan, some King or Great Pirate.

Thanks to a global university system and much more connectivity, engineers were able to network outside nation-state lines and come up with such as Linux and Python, collaborative results as impressive as the Great Pyramids if we could only see them as architectural wonders.

Both engineers and lawyers write "code" to manage business.

In education, within STEM in particular, we have the kind of mathematics one might eyeball and cogitate about, and the kind that actually runs on electronic chips, managing their internals.

Legal codes tend to be implemented as business rules in software.

The convergence of the legal and Information Technology (IT) spheres is helping to drive the formation of these new layers, many of which seem more devoid of nation-state thinking than was usual hitherto.  Some call this a "new world order".

NPR had a relevant story this morning on trucking logistics in what I'll refer to as the Macedonia region (as distinct from Mesopotamia).

Trucking routes from Istanbul to Kabul are characteristic of the region in being interrupted by many political borders.  Barriers to the free flow of trucks has to do with checking their cargoes.

One way a nation-state enforces its authority is through "customs".  However, with better infrastructure, a truck's manifest and "flight plan" may be relayed electronically.  The container shipping industry has come a long way in the last few decades.