Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Okay, we all have our intellectual shortcomings - and, indeed, my own may be greater than most(?). But how often are you, after reading something, left completely baffled as to its import? I would appreciate it if anyone from anywhere can enlighten me on the guts the story below. I simply (and simple I am), I simply do not get what is being said here. Is this a joke I am missing? Can somebody please enlighten me... PLEASE! I am unable to understand what this story actually means.
[n.b. I don't mind being told I am stupid - I just want to know what is I am being stupid about. I simply don't get this story - any and all help appreciated.]
Danish string theory pioneer Holger Bech Nielsen and the Japanese physicist Masao Ninomiya say that the yet to be discovered Higgs Boson could have the ability to turn back time to stop its cover being blown, reports NewScientist. A New York Times essay describes the theory this way:
The hypothesized Higgs boson... might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.The pair say their theory explains why the U.S. Congress scrapped the funding necessary to bring a Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) to the United States in 1993, and also why the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) had a meltdown in September, 2008. They claim in their updated paper released two weeks ago, that the SSC was so plagued with bad luck that the U.S. congress was forced to shut it down. Neilson calls it an "anti-miracle."
Just last week the project was tossed into the limelight when a suspected terrorist was arrested for alleged links to al-Qaeda and plotting to blow up an oil refinery. In the paper they argue that there should be a restriction on the running of the LHC, determined by the drawing of a card, which was proposed in their original paper, published in 2007. The duo had proposed to prove their theory by printing millions of cards with the words "carry on" written on them, and then slip in a couple of cards that say "shut the thing down". They conclude that if you randomly draw out a card that reads "shut the thing down", that Higgs is attempting to influence the future, and that the world's largest machine should be shut down.
In an email message to the New York Times, Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and co-writer of the papers said, “It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck." Regarding the theory, Dr. Neilson said, "One could even almost say that we have a model for God," the New York Times essay quoted him as saying. In a letter to a friend, Einstein wrote, “For those of us who believe in physics, this separation between past, present and future is only an illusion.”
CERN scientists hope to begin the process of colliding protons at an energy level of 450 billion electron volts in December and gradually turn up the energy until the protons have 3.5 trillion electron volts of energy apiece, reports the New York Times. After a short break over the holidays, scientists will then begin to look for "the god particle", unless something interferes with that plan.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Dear Canadian Prime Minister,
You Bastard! In light of your morally retarded and indefensible stance to try and silence witnesses who are willing to testify in the inquiry into allegations of Canada's complicity in the torture of Afghan prisoners - I believe you should take note of this breaking story by Salon's Glen Greenwald:
Sir, as one pecker-head to another, I aver it is time you reconsidered your efforts to silence those who wish to speak the truth to power. It is time you stopped trying to bury the truth under the faux guise of 'national security' and your turning of a blind eye to the systemic torture of defenseless human beings. Maybe, just maybe, your government's concerted efforts to hide the truth needs to be reassessed? Because maybe, just maybe, the rest of the world is going to start seriously questioning what Canada stands for, who we are, and what kind of government we have. And, maybe, just maybe, the world's spotlight will not be forgiving .... for as Greewald highlights: the "Court's ruling 'a devastating judgment,' ... [saw that] the 'judges roundly dismissed the foreign secretary's claims that disclosing the evidence would harm national security and threaten the UK's vital intelligence-sharing arrangements with the US.'"
Thursday, October 1, 2009
"My dear people of the Diocese,
As Bishop of the Diocese, I have publicly apologized to those who have suffered such abuse, and to their families. I want all victims of abuse to know how terribly sorry we are, how wrong this abuse was, and how we are attempting to right those wrongs.
Money can never compensate fully, but we are trying ... most of all, compassionate. If it was your own son or daughter, your brother or sister, your mother or father who was abused, you would expect and demand nothing less. ....
Sexual abuse, indeed any abuse, is wrong. I want assure you that for many years now this Diocese has taken, and continues to take, proactive steps to avoid the repetition of any such abuse.
I would close by asking your cooperation and support, and above all your prayers, ... [so] we can move forward and keep our efforts fully focused on the central mission of Christ’s Church: to preach his Gospel to the people of our time. Now, as always, let us pray for one another.
Yours in the Lord,
Raymond J Lahey Bishop of Antigonish"
Oh, but it gets better! -------------------->
"Police seek ex-bishop facing porn charges: Prominent Nova Scotia Catholic stopped at Ottawa airport over images found on laptop"By Neco Cockburn and Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa Citizen - September 30, 2009 11:31 PM
"Ottawa - Until last week, Raymond Lahey was the Bishop of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Now, he is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest on child pornography charges.
Lahey, who only three months ago oversaw a historic apology and financial settlement for sexual abuses committed by priests in his diocese, was picked up at the Ottawa airport on Sept. 15 when border security agents found images on his laptop computer. Lahey was returning from a trip to Britain at the time.
The Ottawa Police Internet Child Exploitation unit laid charges of possession and importation of child pornography and the warrant was issued last Friday."
** In this photo this abuser, this deviant, this FUCKER is standing on the steps of the church where I was baptized; and like all the other ordained hypocrites who came before him, he is clinging to the pomp and circumstance so often used by the Catholic Church to mask his sickness. One can only pray(?) that Lahey gets what his fucked Church promises to others who deign to violate their supposed sacrosanct teachings - - jail time in Hell!