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Posted By Confutus

Another partial round of progress through history. Most notably, I got institutions split from classical and medieval history. Most of the later periods are still wading through connections with nations, but the early 21st century and the late 2000s are working through connections with cities.


In  peoples of the world, I am making better connections with human geography, a step which is long overdue, and Western Civilization is making connections with culture, another step which is long overdue. I got as far as Anglic peoples and the United Kingdom before calling it a day.


I have three other pages scheduled to split (Asiatic peoples, Middle Eastern peoples, and behavioral culture) and several that are now being developed that should be split on the next round, but no peeking to see what they are. Given that most of the connections that are being made focus on nations, I need to give more attention to those nations. It can get a bit tedious at times, though.


Posted By Confutus

I took something of an unplanned break for a week or so, but I'm back at work on the Knowledge base, with a few more rounds done.


History in general is frozen for now. I can't do much more with it until I add pages to other sections of the base, so all the productive work will be at lower levels. I am working with classical and medieval history, which still has connections that can be made. Modern history is likewise frozen. Here, I am doing some work in each century, including the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th. The part getting the most work is the 20th century, which is close to being frozen, but not quite there. There, I am doing work from the mid 20th century, approximately World War II, onward, mostly in connecting more nations. I'm also nearly frozen in the early 21st century, but not quite there yet, and I haven't been working on the latest details. I've started working on the future, at least, on connecting nations.


Sociology in general is also frozen. Peoples of the world is also frozen, but there is some work being done in connecting culture. I still haven't released nations for further development because there are so many areas where I need to get caught up with what I already have. I have been working with Western Civilization, mostly in connecting education. I have started up again with the Anglic peoples, and would like to get to their history, because splitting out their 20th century will free up US history, and that's one of the huge fat files I'm trying to break down. There is also some work in Latin and Germanic peoples to be done. For several rounds, I've been trying to get to Asiatic peoples, and I finally got to the point where I could split out the 20th century, only to find that that's still a fat file that will need to be split. But others will have to come ahead of it. African peoples are being connected to social structure and change. American Indian peoples are still being connected to nations. I've begin connecting communities to specific nations, when there has been at least once city assigned all the way to a country. Social structure and change, and more specifically, social change, are being considered also.


Institutions in general aren't quite frozen, since I'm working with cities and Anthropology, but I should be getting close. I've been working with religion, and particular religions, and government.  Culture has a fair amount of connection with nations still to do, and some with economics. Anthropology is being connected to nations and to government.  Personal studies is being connected to personal studies and to religion,  and Science is  also being connected with nations and religion.


In general, most of the work is getting poured into connections to nations and peoples of the world, most of which don't have much content yet.  However, these connections are starting to fill up. As I start separating out sociology pages,  there will be more attention going to the institutions and culture, and as some of these pages start to get developed, there will be more interesting content. This will also start pushing me into working with the lower-level subdivisions, where more of the really interesting things will start to happen.

Posted By Confutus

Because, in the city where he founded the first public library in 1731, the libraries are closing.

Posted By Confutus

I've had a fairly busy weekend, and I've been working on the knowledge base more than reporting on it. I've just finished an update cycle and separated out several special topic pages. History in general has reached a limit because it's just about fully linked to the rest of the knowledge base, and modern history is now not much far behind it. The 20th century has a little farther to go, and the early 21st century has still farther. The late 2000s page isn't as large as i expected for as many links at it has, but the lower end (anthropology, personal studies, math) hasn't been developed nearly as much as the higher-order periods. Individual years (2007, 2008) are approaching full connections with nations, but have very little on cities and other links, and 2009 is racing to catch up.


Progress in history may slow down some as I start to spend more time on the sociology portion. Sociology in general isn't linked quite as much as history. Peoples of the world have some way to go, but I have been able to separate the connections to other areas of sociology. I'm not adding more nations to the list just yet, but all the groups of nations are now connected. Western Civilization is being examined more closely. Anglic, or english-speaking peoples have some ways to go before they are well connected, and In this area, I have been working on the British isles, including the United Kingdom and Ireland. I expect to pick up the United States again before long. I've also been looking Latin peoples including the French, and Germanic peoples. In Asia, I've begun looking at the Middle East including the Levant, and at South Asia. African and American indian peoples are making slow progress, and the American Indians have a ways to go in connecting nations. Communities are not so well advanced, but once I have nations fully connected to various periods, These will also be examined. Social structure and change has been lagging, but I will be expanding this. 


The Institutions are not so well developed, although these are wel linked to my progress in history, and almost fully linked to nations. Religion with particular religions and government have had some work.  Culture including Behavioral culture and anthropology have  quite a bit more work to do on them.


Posted By Confutus

On President Obama's speech to Congress on Health care, I didn't hear it. I skimmed the transcript afterward.  I'm not going to quote the whole thing, but as i read off the  list of promises, my thought was..Impossible. There's no way any government program is going to do all that. I think "Rainbow Stew" by Merle Haggard sums up my response.


The education speech was, as I suspected, pretty much innocuous. But the opposition to it is some measure of how little Obama is trusted.


There was some commentary that mentioned how difficult it is to actually "read the bill" when it comes to legislation. That's because legislation is full of professional legal jargon "legalese", that is virtually incomprehensible to the layman and requires a whole library for even the specialist to follow. It appears that the highly specialized and complex nature of Federal laws and regulations impose a huge, and largely unrecognized burden on society. I woulder if it would be a good idea to scrap the whole thing and start over.





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