Religion over Science.

students can’t be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong as long as the reasoning is because of their religious beliefs.

The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the “Student Religious Liberties Act.” Under the law, students can’t be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong as long as the reasoning is because of their religious beliefs.

https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/ohio-house-passes-bill-allowing-student-answers-to-be-scientifically-wrong-due-to-religion?fbclid=IwAR1KC9ii-vFqCD5mmCIM_y2FExQWaUqNpwIleWnUfOdaS8BmfXbewmzo2eo

Economic Grows and Consumption

His commitment to sustainability is not restricted to academic life, he is the scientist who also “walks the talk”: his cell phone was hip ten years ago, he avoids flying (which can be a challenging principle to follow at times) and actively encourages his environment to explore the joys of green living.

There got to be a better way

Miklós Antal, ecological economist, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He now studies macroeconomic aspects of sustainability transitions. Previously he was engaged in energy modeling at the Central European University in Budapest. He got his PhD in economics and MSc in engineering-physics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

The Land of Mediocre.

Upon completion of this survey, it was found that although some departments noted no decrease at all, many of the most prestigious institutions saw a drop of up to 40% in international applications.

Science in Trumpland

In an extremely large survey of 49 of the largest physics departments in the country, representing 41% of all enrolled physics graduate students in the United States, an overall decrease of almost 12% in the number of international applicants was observed from 2017 to 2018.

This was a tremendous surprise, as no such study was even planned. The impetus for this study was prompted by a small number of American Physical Society members contacting the Office of Government Affairs to report a substantial decrease in the number of applications from international students. Upon completion of this survey, it was found that although some departments noted no decrease at all, many of the most prestigious institutions saw a drop of up to 40% in international applications.
Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2018/11/06/america-is-no-longer-attracting-the-top-minds-in-physics/#194a99e24a89

Daily Wisdom

Antisemitism and dual loyalty.

Some American Jews are being accused of dual loyalty.

And what is interesting is Russian Jewish immigrants whose only reason for deciding on the Presidential candidate is his/her treatment of Israel consider themselves American patriots.

At the same time a real hero, military man Alexander Vindman is being accused of dual loyalty by some trump supporters.

Strange.

WHO NEEDS ENEMIES IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS LIKE THAT?

Just questions. After Trump betrayed Kurds and announced that they (Kurds) are not very nice people, he moved US military to protect oil fields in Syria.

How is that for a “friend”? “Pentagon officials said on Friday that the United States would deploy several hundred troops to guard oil fields in eastern Syria, despite Mr. Trump’s repeated boasts that he is bringing American soldiers home from Syria. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said that the United States would “maintain a reduced presence in Syria to deny ISIS access to oil revenue,” leaving what military officials said would be about 500 troops in the country, down from about 2,000 a year ago.”

We will see.

Trump declared that “ISIS” is defeated. “We defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate and no longer have any troops in the area under attack by Turkey, in Syria. We did our job perfectly!” he tweeted. Then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on March 22 used the phrase on Air Force One, telling reporters that the ISIS self-declared caliphate had been “100 percent eliminated.” https://www.rollcall.com/news/whitehouse/in-another-reversal-trump-walks-back-claim-of-defeating-100-of-the-isis-caliphate

Why then move military to protect Syria oil fields? From whom and for who?

Winter Is Coming

“You lose more heat through your head than any other body part.”  Do you remember your mother yelling, “Don’t forget your hat”?  No, that was not an urban legend; your mother was right.




A few thought on how to dress for the cold weather. From Herbalskincareblog.com

Dress warm for the cold weather
Fffrreezing!!

I grew up in Russia.  There are many differences, culturally and socially, between Americans and Russians.  Over time we have adapted, we understand and have come to accept many things that used to make us different.  But I refuse to accept some of the “ways of life” and accepted customs that make no sense to me…one of which is the strange way Americans dress during the cold season.

I have my own view on how to dress properly during winter. Since I was a kid, I knew to put on my hat before I ran outside to play in the snow; also warm boots.  I may not have worn a coat, but a warm hat was a must.

It was the same in the army.  In winter morning exercises were outside in our undershirts…but the hats were on.

Dressing in cold weather
The hat will ruin my hair!

I watch people on the streets during the blistering cold walking without hats and I can see that they are cold, freezing, miserable.  But no hats!  And I guarantee that, if they would put their hats on, they would feel much better!  And that simple act of sanity would prevent a lot of colds.

Some say that it is a myth that we are losing most of the heat from our head and we are losing heat equally from any other part of the body as well. And yet for some reason I do not see people going barefoot or bare-chested in winter.

Here is the wisdom of generations:  Always wear a hat!  And warm shoes if it is cold out.

You lose more heat through your head than any other body part.”  Do you remember your mother yelling, “Don’t forget your hat”?  No, that was not an urban legend; your mother was right. http://talkingtothefish.wordpress.com/page/9/

And if it contradicts the accepted view of highly educated professionals so be it. The arrogance of the “know it all” medical establishment is staggering. And if you disagree, why don’t you read up on some statistics. http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/health/cause.htm Wrong diagnosis, wrong treatment, inability to diagnose. “According an extremely comprehensive and well-documented report (30 pages, including about 160 documented references with three MD’s & 2 PhD researchers as authors) March, 2004 Life Extension Magazine, Conventional Medicine is Now the #1 Cause of Death, followed by heart disease & cancer.”  (stroke must be #4 now?) 

And now “new breakthroughs” in medical science stating something people knew for generations:  that garlic is good for you; that a mustard compress treats a cold.  A lot of research is being done on “cupping treatment”:  http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/om-essay-contest/om-essay-contest/1084-the-magic-of-cupping-therapy-by-serra-reid-lac-diplom-.html  And the highly scientific result is that cupping may be beneficial.

Need to cover your head in winter
How about between your ears?

I do not state that all the advice our parents and grandparents gave us is totally correct or can be proved by science.  But these various advices have been proven by generations of trial and error, by millions and millions of people – adults and children.  Mayo clinic calls it “evidence-based”.

But if you do catch a cold here are some natural cold remedies: http://www.happy-mothering.com/03/health-2/wellness/10-natural-home-remedies-for-colds/ , http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/10/70

And please be careful with antibiotics.  As we are finding out even the mighty antibiotics can be fatal if over relied upon. http://www.mayoclinic.org/antibiotics/ART-20045720

Now if you want to prove me wrong, by all means please take a walk in the snow in your bathing suit.  Please do it for science. 

I personally will keep my hat on and will put on my warm boots to enjoy winter. Now if all you care about are your ears, then wear ear muffs.  You ears will be fine.  Your brain is another matter. So my friends, please enjoy winter and don’t forget the hat.


National Identity

It is a tide populists and racists (same) will not be able to stop. History, reality is against them. Global economy, the internet, social media, transportation and climate change will mix up the planet population and no wall will stop it.

I just came from our family reunion and want to share some thoughts.

It was great as it have been for many years.

But I thought of it in the light of current events in our country.

A populist President

The rise of hate, intolerance, isolationism.

Anti-immigration policies, growing divisions in American society.

Family reunion

Meeting relatives that came from different parts of the country

I look around

Old and young

White, Asian, Hispanic

Jews, Christians, atheists

Straight, gay, lesbian,transgender

Big, loud, joyful, friendly crowd.

Talking, playing games, eating and drinking.

Enjoying time together

So free, open, uninhibited.

And I thought about our country

Not the country we came from – the soviet Union

No. It was never OUR country.

I thought about America.

The country where all these people are accepted as equals.

I am watching young people

They don’t see skin color, sexual orientation

They don’t see race or religion

None of this matters.

They see each other.

They see relatives, friends.

This is America I thought, real America.

This is America that accepted us…Russian Jewish refugees.

This is America where we feel free.

Our new home, real home.

Home we did not have before.

Home for our children and grandchildren

I want it to be the America that we came to.

To raise our family, to build a new life.

I want it to be “America the beautiful”, the beacon of the world.

The shiny city on the hill.

And I thought about current events, the face of America under the current regime.

Who are we? How do you define an American?

What is America’s national identity?

I am looking at my relatives, my friends.

Americans.

The microcosm of the world.

America is exceptional because it represents the World.

And it is beautiful, it shows the way, the future for humanity.

It is young, energetic, colorful, open.

And we need to do all we can to keep it this way.

To not allow the dark, rigid and hateful side of America to take ower.

New populism and preservation of identity.

There is a wave of populism washing over the world. From the Philippines to Brazil, from Hungary to US, populists got into power on promises to save their country’s national identity.

But let’s take a look at history. Great civilizations, powerful empires. Where are they? Check the history of any nation. For how long does any nation exist in its present form, language? Babylonians, Philistines, Incas, Mayans – where are they?

Nothing is forever. The world is changing, population moves around. The Earth is changing constantly. Societies are changing and people move. And that is how it should be.

As many as half of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end of this century; it is estimated that one language dies out every 14 days. Endangered languages, much like endangered species of plants or animals, are on the brink of extinction. Apr 15, 2013 https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/List_of_extinct_languages

And it is inevitable as the world becomes smaller. What race, what nationality is America, Canada, Australia? How about the EU?

It is a tide populists and racists (same) will not be able to stop. History, reality is against them. Global economy, the internet, social media, transportation and climate change will mix up the planet population and no wall will stop it.

So let’s embrace it. The brave new world. Children are born without hate. Children don’t know races, religious differences. Children do not have preconceptions. We adults teach our children. And then they go into the world. And many discard these biases, these preconceptions. They, our children, accept the world, accept each other without hate and bias. They, the new generation, will build the better world.

I hope.

They will lead.

Crisis situation is fast approaching.

Am I an alarmist? Yes, the whole world should be alarmed. Every year the possibility of a global cataclysm is increasing. Below I will list shortly the trigger points.

Am I an alarmist? Yes, the whole world should be alarmed. Every year the possibility of a global cataclysm is increasing. Below I will list shortly the trigger points.

Climate change.

In a decade climate change will cause catastrophic events such as floods, famine, drought, fires and a huge increase in migration around the world.

“The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. “ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report

Pandemic due to mobility of people around the planet

Dangers of a catastrophic pandemic are increasing with population growth.

“The last 30 years have seen a steady increase in the frequency and diversity of disease outbreaks. With an unprecedented mobility of people, products, and food, the myriad of disease-causing microorganisms are also increasingly mobile. No nation is immune to this growing global threat that can be posed by an isolated outbreak of an infectious disease in a seemingly remote part of the world. “ https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/pandemics

Our dependence on technology

The more our civilization depends on technology the more vulnerable it becomes. Cyber attacks on our crucial infrastructure like power grids that will effectively shut down the country.

“Imagine one of our large cities with no power, no water, no phones, no email, no texting, no food, no refrigeration, limited currency exchange, no functioning hospitals, no sanitation services, no public transportation and no effective law enforcement. Now imagine dozens of our large cities, perhaps all the large cities in, say, the eastern half of the country, in that predicament. “ https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/06/21/the_intersecting_threats_in_our_cyber-connected_world_137312.html

Attack on satellites – weather forecasts, communications, GPS.

GPS networks if compromised will effectively disable our defense and offense capabilities.

Consider the following scenario. China and Russia might deploy an outsized fleet of, say, 50 to 100 specialized spacecraft in peacetime and station some near U.S. satellites. There is currently no agreement to stop these spacecraft from sidling up to U.S. satellites and lurking at an arbitrarily close distance. Once these spacecraft are in position, they could quickly attack U.S. satellites from such close proximity that the U.S. would have no time to mount a defense. https://spacenews.com/growing-u-s-satellite-vulnerability-the-silent-apocalypse-next/

End of the new world order

After the WWII the new world order was created under the leadership of the United states. United Nations, NATO, World Trade Organization and many others that are able to solve grievances and conflicts between countries peacefully.

“If we lose the American-guaranteed collection of laws, democratic values, economic and defense treaties that have produced seven unprecedented decades of peace and prosperity, you’ll wonder why you ever worried about anything else.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookmanville/2018/10/14/why-a-crumbling-world-order-urgently-needs-u-s-leadership/#601804452e61

Danger of major conflict due to erosion of global trade and rise in nationalism.

One study finds that multilateral trade openness in fact lowers the probability of dyadic conflict with the bilateral trade partner, and by a larger magnitude than bilateral trade does alone. An increase in global trade openness by 10% from the world mean value decreases the probability of the dyad’s military conflict by about 2.6% from its predicted mean.https://voxeu.org/article/globalisation-promotes-peace

The problem is exacerbated by Trump’s divisive international and domestic policies.

Diminishing alliances’ ability to effectively contain adversaries such as China and Russia who are cooperating to weaken our Western alliance. Hampering world ability to react in a pandemic situation.

These are dangerous times and the only way for humanity to deal with the crisis is to act together, to have a common plan of action. No country will be able to deal with this scope of cataclysms by itself. And that is why the Trump administration isolationists policies are so dangerous for America and the world.