Sunday, August 24, 2008

Top Fifteen Things That - WTF - OMFG - Run for Your Lives!!!

How bad do things have to get before it is time to head for the hills, move to another country or build a bomb shelter? I doubt that any one thing in the list should make someone change there life.

But there is a point where if enough of these things started happening, it would be time to head for the hills. Time to go into full survival mode. I'm sure most people would consider changing if all the things on the list started happening.

So the question is how many of these things would have to happen in a month for you head for the hills.

1 ~ Your Papers Please! Random and Frequent.

2 ~ Interruptions in Public Utilities.

3 ~ Your Govt Invades Another Country or Another Invades Yours.

4 ~ Looting, Rioting.

5 ~ You See Trucks Full of Civilians Going Places.

6 ~ Stock Market Falls More Than Fifteen Percent in a Month.

7 ~ Govt Requires Everyone to Turn in Their Guns.

8 ~ Public Announcements for Everyone to Stay Indoors.

9 ~ Food Rationing.

10 ~ RFID and DNA Samples for Everybody.

11 ~ They Start Telling you How to Survive Atomic Explosions in Public Service Announcements again.

12 ~ Religious Figures Start Committing Suicide in Public.

13 ~ Your Bank Closes.

14 ~ The Internet Stops Working.

15 ~ Everyone Starts Feeling Like They are Being Followed, and They Are.

Civil disobedience, that’s not our problem. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem. ~ Howard Zinn


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Did Jesus Christ Commit Suicide?

Looking at what different religions say about suicide, the gamut runs from eternal damnation to accepted as the ultimate act of faith. This deals with the Jesus story and his death.

Main Entry: sui·cide
Pronunciation: \ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd\
Date: 1643
1 a: the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind.

On the face of it, it would seem that Jesus did not commit suicide. He did not take his own life.

One can argue that if you can prevent your death and you do not make an effort to live, that would also be suicide. If you are standing on railroad tracks and a train comes along, and you do not get off the tracks on purpose, that would be suicide.

Now if Jesus knew he was going to be killed and he was god, he could easily have gotten off the cross and stopped his murder, he could have escaped; is that suicide?

Of course, the story says he died for our sins, but that just means he had a good enough reason to commit suicide. Everyone that commits suicide thinks they have a good reason to commit suicide, but that doesn’t get you off the hook about it being suicide.

I suppose that god the father could have temporarily taken away Jesus’ super powers, but I know of no reference to this. And of course it is not up to humans to decide what happens, it’s up to God.

No self-respecting god would send a soldier to hell for throwing himself on a hand grenade to save his buddies. Therefore, suicide is wrong unless you have a good enough reason.

In a case where you have been accused of a capital punishment crime that you know you are innocent, is it your responsibility to try to escape? And if you don’t try, is that suicide?

So it would appear that Jesus did commit suicide, but was allowed to.

When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? It is because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind. ~ J. Krishnamurthi


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Do Photons Go Faster Than the Speed of Light When Pulled by a Strong Gravitational Field?

I don’t know. Is there any physical reason that would resist a photon from speeding up. It has been demonstrated that photons can travel slower than the speed of light, doesn’t this possibly indicate that light can also speed up.

The results of Arthur Stanley Eddington's 1919 solar eclipse experiment showed that massive gravity changes the direction of photons. Doesn’t this mean that as a photon approaches a mass, it is pulled faster by the warped timespace?

Are the only things that restrain a photon from traveling faster than the speed of light some hundred year old flawed theories?

Remember, those theories were made my scientists that thought the galaxy was the Universe.

I hope someone who knows more about this than me can answer this question, without relying solely on theory. I'm sure someone has looked into this, but I sure can't find it.

An upstart astrologer ... This fool wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy; but sacred Scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth. ~ Martin Luther on Copernicus

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. ~ Galileo Galilei

All great truths begin as blasphemies. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

If Photons Have No Mass, Why Does Gravity Change Their Direction?

It appears that the accepted answer is that photons do not have mass and gravity does not affect photons; instead, gravity warps space-time causing a change in what the straight line is, the path of least resistance, which causes the change in direction.

If this is true, then everything works out as long as you accept this distortion was not proved or accepted at the time.

If this was an unknown phenomenon, discovered when starlight was observed passing an eclipsed sun to show light changes direction due to the sun’s gravity warping time and space. there would have had forces that were not accounted for in classical Newtonian physics. Instead they used this new phenomenon to account for the change in direction of the massless photon.

This seems a bit disingenuous, where is the missing affect that this warped time space would have had on objects that have mass. If they had the instruments good enough to measure the change of the starlight around the sun, their measurements would have showed that there was missing force on objects with mass before the discovery?

To think that science has answered all the questions correctly at this point in history is unrealistic. For example science has no clue about how gravity works. It has no idea about what the size of the Universe is. The Big Bang has so many holes in it you could shove galaxies through them. It also seems that current scientists have misinterpreted what Einstein said about certain parts of his theory of relativity.

If you have the chance, I encourage you to read what Einstein said about relativity in layman terms. ‘Evolution of Physics’ by Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld, it is very educational.

Here are some links to the current theory of mass changing space time to produce a change in direction of the massless photon:

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness. ~ Aleister Crowley

We keep, in science, getting a more and more sophisticated view of our essential ignorance. ~ Warren Weaver


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wait a Minute, We’re Kicking Who Out of the Country?

What are we thinking. Don’t kick the illegal immigrants out of the country, kick the un-American wingnut warmongers out of the country!

I just heard someone ranting about how they should track down and kick all the illegal immigrants out of the country. Something bothered me about their tone. Illegal immigrants don’t destroy the constitution, start illegal immoral unjust wars. They don't warmonger. They don't restrict freedoms. They don’t censor, fight scientific advancement, encourage the destruction of the environment.

When I deal with Spanish speaking people, they don’t piss me off. They work hard. They are generous, funny, gracious, honest and polite. Illegal immigrants haven’t exceeded the level of moral responsibility to take action against them.

But there is a group of un-American warmongers that have exceeded the level of moral responsibility that could be kicked out. How about we kick out those that embrace the attitudes America used to deplore about Russia, China and Genghis Khan.

Next time someone starts mouthing off about 'kicking them out of the country', agree that there may be some that deserve being kicked out of the USA.

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them. ~ Elbert G Hubbard