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Zerohedge - The 8 United States Of A New Monetary America

(can you say 'FEMA REGION FIVE???)


Do we need 50 states? With the corporatocracy increasingly looking to cut costs, wouldn't it make more sense to right-size the number of 'regional' centers of democracy? With an increasingly Federally dominated US, perhaps 50 disparate decision-makers is too many. It turns out, that based on some wonderfully complex math (spatially embedded multi-scale interaction networks) and data from wheresgeorge.com, the United States Of America is more 'optimal' from a monetary and mobility-sense if it were managed around these 8 regions. Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann says the borders of the United States are out of date, and as Fast Company notes, "no longer correlate with our behavior." By combining network theory with the travels of our dollar bills, the 'real' effective boundaries in a new USA are far simpler, reflecting where money 'stays' as opposed to more arbitrary state boundaries.



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Lysiandad where are you Cyril?

You'd get a kick out of this video - it's got math and stuff.

Pandas eat bugs.

What the hell

is that?

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

The video? I think it's a computer program that divides

the nation into economic zones by assigning small areas like cities or towns to a particular region based on the movements of dollars back and forth, resulting in 8 generalized regions (8 must be the number of regions the program found most efficient) with borders positioned so as to even out the total number of dollars worth of economic activity in each region. This is why the east coast regions are smaller than the mostly desert western regions.

Or something like that.

Pandas eat bugs.

That wasn't what I was asking for, but I understand better now.

I was talking about the result.

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

Just need to allow people to

Just need to allow people to secede from the states along with their property at will. Then you will have a more organic social contract system based on market forces, not an occasional network theory calculation.

This '8 state' scheme seems like a roundabout way to implement..

a North American Union and the 10 FEMA regions, with scientific justification.

Watch out - you'll hear about this again...

Pandas eat bugs.