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2May/160

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. Sir Arthur Eddington

Posted by Nate

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/neil-degrasse-tyson-thinks-theres-130300649.html

Is our universe a simulation?

It is a pointless question. This does not help the bigger question: Who or what is simulating the simulators? As you can see this hypothesis just complicates the picture.

Now there is another question: is our universe real?

What is “real”?

As we know by now there are no “hard” objects in this universe.

All is just unpredictable clouds of “energy”.

What is this energy? Do we know?

Our universe is just INFORMATION. Everything we are able to see or detect is just information changing and developing according to some algorithm.

Who or what created this algorithm?

The moment we ask “who”, we destroy any possible answer because the question leads to “nested” questions without an end.

Whatever it is our universe (or multiverse) is the only reality. There is no city of Zion. Matrix is our only reality.

Where does it came from, this reality? Anybody can guess. Even if the Big Bang happened, nobody knows how and why.

There has got to be a reason and right conditions for any action.

universe

Something there

Despite the scientific progress human knowledge of the universe if minuscule, about 0.01%

Dark matter, dark energy-scientists call it “dark” because they have no clue what it is.

Our telescopes can see the distant objects in our universe billions of light years away.

Yes. But we see a distant past and scientists can just guess how these objects look now (if they still exist).

So here is just a crazy guess.

There was no causality before our universe. So maybe the universe appeared here in order to create the universe? To pull itself into existence by its boot straps...a snake swallowing it's tail.

snake swallowing it's tail

After I wrote this I stumbled on a post about Stephen Hawking's new book.

The realization that time can behave like another direction of space means one can get rid of the problem of time having a beginning, in a similar way in which we got rid of the edge of the world. Suppose the beginning of the universe was like the South Pole of the earth, with degrees of latitude playing the role of time. As one moves north, the circles of constant latitude, representing the size of the universe, would expand. The universe would start as a point at the South Pole, but the South Pole is much like any other point. To ask what happened before the beginning of the universe would become a meaningless question, because there is nothing south of the South Pole. In this picture space-time has no boundary—the same laws of nature hold at the South Pole as in other places (pp. 134-5).

"The idea that being could arise without a cause from non-being seems metaphysically absurd."

Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/stephen-hawking-and-god#ixzz46z4cxfzp

27Apr/160

Campaign by Turkey to distort history.

Posted by Nate

Today in the Chicago Tribune is a full-page ad by the “Turkish Platform” from Istambul

"Truth = Peace"

Unlike Germany that admitted its crimes and teaching their children about their terrible past, Turkey is trying to whitewash its past. It would be much easier to reconcile if the Turkish government owned up to past crimes.

http://www.armenian-history.com/Nyuter/HISTORY/ARMENIA20/armenian_genocide.htm

History site

Armenian genocide.

You cannot change history.

In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Though reports vary, most sources agree that there were about 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead. http://www.history.com/topics/armenian-genocide

Pro Turkish site: There is no legal consensus to support the Armenians’ attempts to portray these actions as a willful, deliberate attempt to commit genocide of the Armenian people – a specific crime defined by international law. Despite being given multiple opportunities to do so, international courts have never designated these tragic events as genocide. http://factcheckarmenia.com/

FALSE! The events of 1915 constitute a clear-cut genocide against the Armenian people.

100 years have past since the official commencement of the Armenian Genocide – a dark chapter of human history which sadly we have yet to come to grips with. Despite overwhelming evidence, there are still those who deny that the Armenian Genocide occurred at all. 100 years later, no one has held the Ottomans – and their direct successor, Turkey – accountable for the unconscionable barbaric acts they committed. Shockingly, even countries such as Israel and the United States have yet to recognize this horrific event in human history that nearly eliminated the entire Armenian population.  http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Lessons-not-learned-The-Armenian-genocide-396478

13Apr/160

The Last Leaf

Posted by Nate

Late fall

The last leaf

I am looking through the window

All is gray, wet and cold.

Droplets bombard the glass.

A black tree skeleton on the low heavy gray sky.

Air is mixed with water and dust and feels cold even from the inside

It makes my room feel warm and cozy.

Anticipation of winter in the air

Nature is ready for a long slumber.

Sleepy trees are shaking off their last yellow and brown leaves.

I noticed a single leaf

Still there, clinging to the black branch

Refusing to let go

The last leaf, it looked cold and lonely

The tree doesn't want it anymore

But for the leaf it is so hard to let go

It was born there

There is a desperate hope, an illusion

The last leaf

It does not want to die

It does not know - it is dead already

But the tree knows.

The spring will come again

It will wake up to a new bright sunshine

Sun will paint the sky blue

Eagerly anticipating summer

The tree will grow new leaves, a new beautiful coat

The last leaf does not know that it is dead already

It is holding on

It feels that the Universe will end if it let go.

The last leaf.

New leaves.

A gust of wind

The leaf falls now indistinguishable from others

Nobody noticed this drama except me

Life goes on

Nothing changed in the universe

There will be another stubborn leaf next fall

And I wonder about us humans.

11Apr/160

Barbarians are at the gate. My old article from 2014.

Posted by Nate

The Barbarian invasions of Rome in Late Antiquity are inextricably bound up with the decline of Western Roman imperialism (ca. CE 300–550), and seen by many historians as inaugurating the Middle Ages http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/12012013/article/barbarians-at-the-gates-of-rome

ISIS in Europe

London

The real danger for the world democracies is their failure to recognize and to act upon the growing danger of the barbaric 7th century wave of Muslim extremists whose goal is to establish a worldwide caliphate.

Today, the terrorist threat has transformed from a single group to the Global Jihad Movement, consisting of AL-Qaeda and its operationally associated groups in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caucuses, as well as the self-radicalized homegrown cells. As the spearhead of the Global Jihad Movement, AL-Qaeda presents the most significant threat both to Muslim regimes and Western societies. AL-Qaeda’s philosophy of global jihad and methodology of suicide attacks has gained popularity and traction within politicized and radicalized Muslims. Its philosophy urging Muslims to fight their local governments [local jihad], the US and its Allies [global jihad] is gaining worldwide acceptance.” http://news.siteintelgroup.com/blog/index.php/submissions/21-jihad/44-reassess

The silent majority.

So while I understand that most Muslims are not at war with us, they’ve proven in their silence and inaction against jihad that they’re not on our side either, and there’s nothing we can say or do to change that. We just have to finally accept it and stop expecting them to come around, while doing our best to kill those who are trying to kill us.”

We didn’t use terms such as “Radical Nazism”, “Extremist Shinto” and “Militant Communism” in the past. “Militant Islam”, Political Islam”, etc., are redundant terms. Our pretending otherwise has proven disastrous. Thousands of American lives, both civilian and military, have been sacrificed because of policies predicated on the myth that “Islam means peace.” We didn’t try to reform Shinto or Nazism during World War II; the major changes in those cultures took place only after we thoroughly DE-militarized them.”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2011/bosch-fawstin/non-muslim-muslims-and-the-jihad-against-the-west/

The appeasers.

As the Israeli government counterattacks against terrorism, we need a parallel counterattack against today’s intellectual and ideological support structure for totalitarian terrorism, which emboldens extremists, intentionally or not. In this battle of ideas we must accept complexity, acknowledge fluidity, reject false moral equivalences, and question biases, no matter how trendy.

As an academic, I feel betrayed by my many colleagues who enable totalitarian terrorism with their simplistic slogans regarding Israel. Academics thrive on complexity; we can complicate anything, leveraging it into papers, lectures, and cocktail riffs. Yet, when Israel is involved, oversimplification and obfuscation prevail, encouraging demonization.” http://blogs.jpost.com/content/counterattack-fight-totalitarian-terrorists-and-their-enablers

Diversion: “Military. A feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/diversion

I wonder if Muslims are using Europe's organic antisemitism to divert the European's attention from Islam's real goal – the world caliphate.

"As a universal religion, Islam envisages a global political order in which all humankind will live under Muslim rule as either believers or subject communities. In order to achieve this goal it is incumbent on all free, male, adult Muslims to carry out an uncompromising struggle 'in the path of Allah,' or jihad. This in turn makes those parts of the world that have not yet been conquered by the House of Islam an abode of permanent conflict (Dar al-Harb, the house of War) which will only end with Islam's eventual triumph.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worldwide_Caliphate

Unfortunately it is impossible for Israel alone to defeat the caliphate. And if the world will not wake up from it's delusion soon it better get ready for a new order – Islam.

ISIS plans

Not just Israel

9Feb/160

Everyday life without electricity and dead battery disasters

Posted by Nate

From horse's mouth

From horse's mouth

Silly dependencies.

Story with Mazda Tribute

The battery died in my daughters' car, a Mazda Tribute 2004, and she asked me to help install a new battery

Sure. Not a big deal. My wife and I came to our daughters' garage.

Living in the city, my daughter always locks the car. So I took the key and tried to unlock the door. No such luck. The door would not open. So I thought that the lock might be bad. And we could not find another door lock on any other door! So we called our car mechanic. He suggested for me to clean my glasses and look again. Just try another door, there's got to be a lock he said. Nope. So we decided to call the Mazda dealership. As we found out from the dealership the lock does not work if the car battery is dead. And yes we are not blind - there are no other doors with locks. So we have the key, there is a key hole on the door but you cannot open the door if the car battery is dead.

We checked the gate- no lock there. Tried to open the hood – it opens from the inside of course.

You see I thought that if we opened the hood and installed the battery we would be able to unlock the door.

But car designers knew better than that. They would not allow an easy way out (sorry “in”). So what should we do, we asked the person at the dealership? Call the locksmith they told us. So we did and that cost us $75 to open the stupid car!

And for the life of me I cannot understand the reasoning for this design.

Stupid dependencies

No key!

Story about the car without the keyhole to start it

My friends' car (Hyundai) has another story to tell. My friend would usually start his car remotely by pushing the button on his car key. But one day he pushed the button and nothing happened. He figured that a little battery in the remote was dead. So he decided to start the car the hard way, by inserting the key (yes there is a key) and turning the key. Just like we used to do in the old days. The guy could not find the key hole! So being an older gentlemen unsure of his eyesight, he called his son asking what to do. And the son thought that pops is probably losing it. There's got to be a key hole if there is a key, he said. But poor daddy, for the life of him, cannot find the hole! So the son calls the dealership and was told there is no key hole.

So let me get this straight. If you are on the road and have stopped to eat or do the opposite and a little key battery died, you are out of luck. Cannot start you car. Period.

So can somebody explain to me what the hell is going on with today's cars!?

And where are the people who did this to a car?

Hi tech toilets

Who is smarter?

Hi-tech pooping

Another mystery to me are toilets and faucets in public places that don't have a manual override.

Without electricity toilets will stop working in many public places. And so the faucets will stop working. Also, we will not need to wash our hands because we didn't accomplish what we came for.

I wonder if we were able to go into the past and tell people that we in the 21st century cannot poop without electricity, they would feel sorry for future generations.

It is a long list but the idea is that over-dependence on new gadgets and cool technology will backfire and make us look silly.

One safe assumption I learned as an engineer is that whatever you are designing will fail and there is a need for an override or a “back door” like a hand-crank engine start or nearby bush that does not need a flush. Or a car key that actually is a key and not a fricking switch.

So, my friends, good luck with “connected” devices. Maybe I am getting old but why in the world do I need a smart toilet or a smart door lock? So these two can talk to each other when nobody is home? And discuss politics with the fridge?

26Nov/150

Arab Boots on the Ground?

Posted by Nate

To Our “Partners” in the Middle East - Get off your Butts!

King Abdullah

Abdullah said groups such as IS "expose themselves daily as savage outlaws of religion, devoid of humanity, respecting no laws and no boundaries".

"So therefore we must act fast and holistically to tackle and respond to the interconnected threats whether it is in this region, Africa, Asia or in Europe," he said. http://news.yahoo.com/king-jordan-warns-world-war-against-humanity-161351407.html

They were eager to fight then.

On May 15, 1948, the day the British Mandate over Palestine ended, the armies of five neighboring Arab states invaded the new State of Israel, which had declared its independence the previous day. The invasion, heralded by an Egyptian air attack on Tel Aviv, was vigorously resisted. From the north, east and south came the armies of LebanonSyria, Iraq, Transjordan and Egypt. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Invade.html

I agree with Bernie Sanders.

"The United States cannot do it alone," Sanders added. "In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has the third-largest military budget in the entire world. They're going to have to get in and take on ISIS as well as other countries in that region. The United States should be supportive. We should be working with other countries. But the United States cannot always be the only country involved in these wars."

Where are they now?

Why don't Arab armies wipe out Daesh?

They did not hesitate to invade Israel several times that did not pose any physical threat to them.

But Arab states are not in a big hurry to put boots on the ground to fight Daesh who are an imminent threat to Arab states.

And yet these states spend huge money on military. Why don't they fight their enemy, in their region?

My guess is they are counting on Europe and the US to do the job for them. And that is why our “friends” and “partners” should be encouraged, pushed to do their duty to get rid of ISIS and other nuts. After all Saudi Arabia started this by spreading Wahhabism around the world.

Under no circumstances should Western countries put their boots on the ground in the Middle East and pay with their lives for lazy, rich cowards like the Saudis and Golf states. Let them do their fair share.

I have a suggestion that will make it easier for Arabs to send their troops to fight ISIS. Just imagine that ISIL stands for Independent State of Israel Liquidation. Use your imagination, you cowards.

But on the other hand, Israel defeated you every time. Oops...so much for that idea.

5Nov/150

Unanswered Love Bites

Posted by Nate

From horse's mouth

From horse's mouth

No action will be taken against the tiger that bit the woman who tried to pet it.

The police said Ms. Eide appeared to be drunk or under the influence of drugs. They said she was taken to the Creighton University Medical Center, where she was aggressive toward the staff who later called the police. Ms. Eide was cited for criminal trespassing.”

Just in case you had any doubt, if you pet a tiger you will most likely get bitten.” said Omaha police department. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/us/omaha-zoos-three-legged-tiger-bites-woman-who-tried-to-pet-it.html?_r=0

Holy crap! It would never have crossed my mind that if you try to be friendly with a tiger it will bite you. It is so unfriendly and cruel for a wild animal in a cage to bite a friendly (but drunk) hand that is trying to pet you. So uncivilized. The poor woman broke into the Omaha Zoo just to become friends with a tiger. She just felt lonely and full of love.(and alcohol). And what is a better way to show and spread love than to break into the zoo at night and hug a tiger?

And what is even more appalling is that the mean and inconsiderate animal, the tiger, goes unpunished!

And I would like to ask this brute, the tiger:  Is that how you treat a woman? Have you no manners? Even if she was drunk. What were you thinking? That she would bite you? What a pussy!

And the poor woman ended up in a hospital and was so distressed and disappointed in the tiger that she started to abuse the hospital stuff. And it is all your fault, you uncivilized brute!

So, here is my thinking. If this poor woman had stuck her head in the cage instead of her hand, would the tiger have been more understanding? And, if not, this drunken, drugged bitch would have had no need to go to a hospital without her head.

25Oct/151

I am Not Sorry.

Posted by Nate

Sometimes when I post on Facebook I don't check the facts before posting. And I am sorry for not being more thorough and not spending more time checking the facts.

But I am not going to apologize for saying what I think, for not being politically correct.

It is very rare for me to say that I hate anything or anybody. But I do hate political correctness.

And it started not here but in my country of birth. The Soviet Union.

Over there we had to be very careful what we said and how we said it. There were words and expressions that were appropriate to use and otherwise. And otherwise was dangerous for your health.

And one of the reasons I am here is that I don't have to think about every word I say anymore.

But as my American experience advanced and I started to participate in political discussions I noticed a frightening and familiar trend, especially in the liberal part of the country.

To me it is frightening and disgusting. These people are inventing their own language that is their correct way to speak. But that is another story. I have written about it in a previous article. http://democracyinactionblog.com/2015/08/18/political-correctness/

So I may have to disappoint some of the people that read my comments on Facebook and in my blog.

I stopped commenting on Facebook for a while because of the comments I was getting from my super liberal friends and conservatives. But later I came to the conclusion that I was wrong not to comment. I will not be quiet. I will do my best to check the facts but I will continue to express my opinions in the way I like and as my limited English vocabulary will allow.

Some of the people that I know are criticizing me for being “all over”. I guess in their opinion if I side with conservatives on one issue then I must side with conservatives on all issues. The same goes for my liberal friends. I am not sorry to disappoint both sides. Nobody is right or wrong all the time. So I may agree or disagree with a particular view without regard to the label assigned to the author.

Yes, and one more thing I hate...labeling people.

According to some you are either a conservative or a liberal. As if one has to think according to the label assigned. I will not volunteer for the bed of Procrustes.

 

I love to disappoint both sides. I am not a “Conservative”. I am not a “Liberal”. I have opinions on some subjects and I express these opinions without consulting Conservative or Liberal manuals.

And it is fine with me that sometimes I might agree with either side.

(Sorry for too many “I's”)

Yes, Jewish struggle for survival is very important to me...much more important than to some American Jews because of my experiences.

And if some of my liberal friends think that if they would love Muslims, they (Muslims) would love them back, then my liberal friends grew up in a nice comfortable bubble with a silver spoon in their mouths. There is widespread Islamic terrorism. Islamic fundamentalism is a world-wide phenomenon and is a grave danger for Western civilization. So there, Mr. Obama and my liberal friends.

The invasion of Iraq was a crime against humanity. Bush (W) and Cheney are war criminals and should be in jail, my conservative friends. They are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the Great Recession and the chaos in the Middle East, among other things.

Many blacks in our country are to blame for their violent and tragic situation...“Black Lives Matter”.

Yes. Just like white lives or Asian lives or any other life. But most blacks are killed by blacks. It is not all “black and white” of course, but liberals cannot blame it all on “white skin privilege”.

Gun madness in this country is the result of a devastating paranoia and it is a symptom of a sick society. And conservatives who blindly follow the NRA are either stupid or are paid by the NRA.

The antisemitic BDS movement in universities is largely based on ignorance and out-of-control liberals who would love to feel sorry for dead Jews or at least beaten-down Jews. And these liberal “intellectuals” disgust me and should be condemned for crimes against humanity. http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/08/jerry-seinfeld-politically-correct-college-campuses

I think that current wealth concentration in very few hands is a danger to Democracy and is creating an unstable society. Do I want socialism in America? God forbid. I came from there. But I do want higher taxes for the very wealthy. I want an end to “Citizens United”.

So who wants to label me a “liberal”? Or a "conservative"? A bigot? A racist?

Sure! Be my guest! Did all of this make you angry?

Good! Thanks!

Now please, take your labels and shove it!

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