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Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after. – Dr. Robert Anthony

Archive for September, 2008

Sep 9, 2008

The Democrats should have chosen Governor of Kansas as Vice President

I am sick and tired of fighting with some of my friends. Yes, believe it or not, although we live in Canada we still manage to have hot discussions with regards to American politics.
Fresh from the oven is the one about Sarah Palin. Being on opposite sites, each of us would claim knowing the real facts. I was thinking that maybe we should compare another governor to make the fight fair.

But before that, I must say that I hold Barack Obama directly responsible for the misery the US of America is going to be thrown into. Because I have a feeling that the Democrats will lose again and because Obama had two choices to prove that he is not an arrogant, sexist pig: Senator Clinton and Governor Sebelius. Two strong women, with a very strong political background. He may have been afraid of their strength or achievements, but he should have put the interests of his country first.
Now the rug has been swept from under his feet. McCain camp was smart to seize the moment and use Obama’s mistake. They have thrown into the fight a newcomer, but a newcomer with appeal to the public. Men are watching her as a ‘babe’ who can shoot, women are watching her as a ‘girl-next-door’, the mother of many kids still capable of running a full time job and most of all, capable of breaking the glass ceiling.
I am utterly surprised that Obama was so stupid. And for that, he deserves to lose.
Some people did not like Hillary Clinton because she was to abrasive. Indeed, she was not the most likable person. But the Democrats had another choice, the Governor of Kansas, who was not involved in scandals, and has been born and raised in a family with political traditions. And let’s face it: America is not ready for a black president. It’s as simple as that. I still believe that Kathleen Sebelius would have been a wonderful choice that would have made more people forget Obama’s arrogance.

And the sad reality is that Sarah Palin is what a large part of the electorate want: she is white and she is a woman. The Americans are going to vote with their heart not their head.

Following is a short biography of Kathleen Sebelius, Gov. of Kansas, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Kathleen Sebelius born on 1948
Sebelius is the daughter of former Ohio governor John J. Gilligan and thus they became the first father/daughter governor pair in the United States after her election. Her husband K. Gary Sebelius is a federal magistrate judge and the son of former U.S. Representative Keith Sebelius, a Republican. They have two sons.

Governorship
First term: 2002
Second term: 2006
In November 2005, Time named Sebelius as one of the five best governors in America, praising her for eliminating a $1.1 billion debt she inherited, ferreting out waste in state government, and strongly supporting public education — all without raising taxes, although she proposed raising sales, property, and income taxes. Also praised was her bipartisan approach to governing, a useful trait in a state where Republicans have usually controlled the Legislature.

During the 2004 election, Sebelius was named as a potential running mate for John Kerry. In the aftermath of Kerry’s defeat, some pundits named Sebelius as a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 2008.After Barack Obama’s clinching of the nomination in June 2008, speculation that she would be a contender for the vice-presidential slot on the Democratic ticket continued. The Washington Post listed her as the top prospect for the 2008 nomination. James Carville and Bob Novak also mentioned Sebelius’ name and Wesley Clark, also considered a potential running mate, and publicly endorsed Sebelius, referring to her as “the next vice-president of the United States.” Speculation that the Vice Presidential nomination lay in her future was heightened by the fact that she was chosen by the Democratic Party’s congressional leaders to give their party’s official response to Republican President George W. Bush’s 2008 State of the Union Address. The next day, she endorsed Obama’s campaign, one week before the Kansas caucus on Super Tuesday.Obama won the caucus easily, with 74% support.

Abortion
Sebelius is pro-choice and opposed to efforts to eliminate or reduce abortions primarily by criminalizing abortion procedures. Sebelius’ office states that abortions have declined 8.5 percent during her tenure as governor.

Education
Early in the term, Sebelius made education funding her top priority. Education funding reached a breaking point in the summer of 2005 when the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to increase K–12 funding.

Environment
Sebelius has also put environmental concerns at the top of her agenda. She pushed for more widespread recycling efforts across the state. In addition, she vetoed bills authorizing the construction of coal-fired power plants on three separate occasions saying in March of 2008, “We know that greenhouse gases contribute to climate change. As an agricultural state, Kansas is particularly vulnerable.

Guns
Sebelius has said she supports Kansans’ right to own firearms, but does not believe a broad concealed carry law would make them safer: “I don’t believe allowing people to carry concealed handguns into sporting events, shopping malls, grocery stores, or the workplace would be good public policy. And to me the likelihood of exposing children to loaded handguns in their parents’ purses, pockets and automobiles is simply unacceptable.”

Other issues
Sebelius did not support an April 2005 amendment to the Kansas Constitution that made same-sex marriage in the state unconstitutional. Sebelius said she supported the existing state law outlawing same-sex marriage, viewed it as sufficient, and therefore opposed the constitutional amendment. The amendment passed with 70 percent voter approval.

Sarah Palin is exactly the opposite. She does not have many achievements, but she is vicious (nickname Barracuda I guess it’s self explanatory) and she got the seal of approval from Dick Cheney (to each his own).

Sep 8, 2008

An idiot guide for understanding The Big Bang Experiment

“When God began to create heaven and earth, and the earth then was welter and waste and darkness over the deep and God’s breath hovering over the waters, God said, ‘Let there be light.’ and there was light” – Genesis (The primeval history)
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“The Universe has expanded from a primordial hot and dense initial condition at some finite time in the past and continues to expand to this day.”- The Big Bang Theory

There are two theories with regards to Universe creation:
– The religious one, telling us that God created heaven and earth and then he gave us the light
– The scientific one, telling us that The Big Bang was responsible for Universe creation. According to the big bang theory the known universe once had no dimensions at all—no up or down, no left or right.

Now, do you see the problem?
Religion can’t explain how God was created and won’t even try to do it, because it’s considered heresy. Scientists are trying to demonstrate that there is a tiny something capable of making matter out of energy. This something is the Higgs boson also dubbed as ‘God’s particle’, whose existence is the subject of the Wednesday big bang experiment.

This is what we know so far: molecules are made of atoms; atoms are made of particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons; protons and neutrons (dubbed ‘hadrons’) are made of quarks. The electrons are considered fundamental, meaning that no smaller particles have been identified yet as making an electron. But are quarks considered to be fundamental? Are they made of smaller particles?

Leptons and quarks are the basic building blocks of matter; they are seen as the “elementary particles”. In the present standard model used by physicists, there are six leptons: electron, muon, and tau particles and their associated neutrinos. As well, there are six quarks, which may account for all known mesons and baryons (over 200). The most familiar baryons are the proton and neutron. Quarks are observed to occur only in combinations of two quarks (mesons), three quarks (baryons), and the recently discovered particles with five quarks (pentaquark).
Gluons are the exchange particles for the color force between quarks, analogous to the exchange of photons in the electromagnetic force between two charged particles. The gluon can be considered to be the fundamental exchange particle underlying the strong interaction between protons and neutrons in a nucleus.

The Higgs particle, it’s supposed to be the key to explaining why matter has mass. And the big bang experiment is supposed to prove its existence. To look for Higgs particle, researchers must smash two beams of hydrogen protons at very high speeds (99.99999% of the speed of light) in a very cold environment, close to absolute zero (-271 degree Celsius). The stream of hydrogen protons are fed into accelerators of increasing size, the last one being the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS). From there it will be transferred to the LHC (Large Hadron Collider). The timing between the SPS and the LHC must be accurate to within a fraction of a nanosecond. After the beam is circulating around the machine in a stable fashion, another beam will be sent spinning in opposite direction. The final step will be to boost the energy of each beam to five tera electron volts (Tev). One Tev is equal to a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) electron volts. The first particle collisions are likely to take place within a few weeks. If the energy from that collision is high enough, it is converted into smaller bits of matter — particles — one of which could be a Higgs boson.
Data is going to be processed by the LHC Computing Grid (The Grid). The Grid is a worldwide meta-network of PCs, organized into large clusters and linked by ultra high-speed connections into a global computing service.

This could be one of the experiment’s spinoffs, because it could mark the evolution of the Internet from a communications network into a powerful computation network.

A second spinoff of the big bang experiment is to prove the supersymmetry theory. The supersymmetry theory states that every fundamental particle had a much more massive counterpart in the early universe. The electron might have had a selectron, the muon might have had the smuon and the quark might have had the squark. Many of those supersymmetric partners would have been unstable, but one kind may have been just stable enough to survive since the dawn of time. And those particles might, at this very second, be streaming through your body without interacting with your meat and bones. They might be dark matter.

The big bang experiment is absolutely amazing, no doubt about it. Think of it like the masterpiece of all experiments: creating a mini black hole. But that does not mean it’s safe.

Why do they (CERN) say it’s safe?
– Because the Higgs will only last for a small fraction of a second, and then decay into other particles
– Because the energy produced by the LHC is only a fraction of the cosmic energy that bombards our planet every hour of every day.

Why are we afraid?
-Because we don’t know what’s going to happen with ‘the other particle’. What are they? Would they have enough energy to gain the mass that eventually would destroy the Earth?
– Because the particle beam could drill a hole in just about anything.
– Because there was a minor calamity that happened in March 2007, when a magnet jumped out of its skin during a test. That happening after numerous ‘safety reports’ issued by CERN telling us how stupid we are to be worried about the experiment. Since that incident, 24 magnets have been retroffited to fix a design flaw.
– Because mini black holes grow exponentially rather than linearly inside the earth: “miniquasar principle“Hence the time needed by a resident mini black hole to eat the earth is maximally shortened – perhaps down to “50 months.“ This contrasts with the “50 million years“ obtained assuming linear growth by BBC-Horizon and CERN’s analogous “5 billion years“.
Black holes cannot evaporate because their horizon is effectively infinitely far away in spacetime according to a new theorem in the Schwarzschild metric
– According to Boyle, Alan (March 27, 2008). “Doomsday Fears Spark Lawsuit“. Cosmic Log. msnbc.
“Perhaps cosmic-ray collisions really are creating tiny black holes or strangelets, but those little bits of doomsday zip by too fast to cause any trouble. In the LHC, they say, the bad stuff could hang around long enough to be captured by Earth’s gravity and set off a catastrophe”

We are called ‘fear mongers’ because we don’t want to understand how secure this experiment is. Or is it? According to various declarations made by CERN’s scientists “The Higgs is believed to be related to the mechanism by which the matter particles get their mass, but there is no good theory yet as to why different particles have different masses.”

Hey, at least something will be watching over us. The launch of a Russian Rockot carrier rocket bearing Europe’s first GOCE satellite html has been scheduled for September 10, 2008 as well.
It is designed to provide unique models of the Earth’s gravity field on a global scale and with unprecedented accuracy and spatial resolution.


Sep 4, 2008

Headlines September 4, 2008

With the hope that the next Wednesday will not be the last day of our Mother Earth’s existence, let’s focus on headlines, rather than counting the minutes to the Big Bang Experiment that CERN is going to turn on (if the last minute legal action won’t be able to stop it). Talking about it, most of the maverick scientists involved in the Big Bang Experiment are not concerned that maybe they are going to be part of the doomsday or the next catastrophic events our planet will be subject to, but they are concerned about something: that the collider could be too small for answering the questions related to Universe creation.

Cheney getting tough on Russia
Until the Big Bang Experiment, let’s follow the Cheney Experiment. After months of being MIA Cheney made a very rare appearance. Every time I see this guy my thoughts go to the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. He is one of them. Do you remember who the four horsemen were? Conquest, War, Famine and Death. Pick one and put Cheney face.
Seriously, I have not seen or heard about him unless it was something bad. Like him involved in a hunting accident, or related in some sorts to the Halliburton.
So, why is Cheney in the news? To show Moscow that the United States will continue cultivating close ties with Georgia and its neighbors – Azerbaijan and Ukraine- even after Russia showed it was willing to use military force against countries along its border.
“America will do its duty to work with the governments of Georgia and our other friends and allies to protect our common interests and to uphold our values,” Cheney said in the joint appearance with Saakashvili.”
Note: The translation of ‘common interests’ is oil.

Who is the evil mind behind Gov. Palin’s nomination?
The evil mind behind Sarah Palin’s nomination did his job brilliantly.
Obama made a huge mistake not choosing Senator Clinton as a running mate. He lost a big part of the electorate with that. McCain was lucky enough to have a master puppeteer capable of taking advantage of Obama’s mistake. That guy understood very well how stupid the average American is and he was capable of milking the scary level of retardation in the American electorate. Knowing that the majority of Americans are vastly making their decision based on what they see on TV or hear at their church, he offered something easily understood: a soap opera called ‘Palingate’. So far so good. He succeeded.
Sarah Palin has only been on the radar for about 4 business days, and we already know the names of her kids (Track, Trig, Piper, Bristol, and Willow). How many people actually know the name of Obama’s or Biden’s children?
Family problems were laid out in the open, or so it seemed to be, building the bridge to the desperate people stupid enough to think that Gov. Palin is ‘one of us’.
She is not, you idiots! She is one of ‘them’. Choose Republicans again and you are going to throw the US of A into more wars, this time with nuclear powers like Iran and Russia. Palin will only put you on the fastest track to self destruction.

I hope to hear something from Hillary in the very near future, something to debunk and annihilate Palin’s Barbie- hockey- mommy image.

Kudos to Jon Stewart
I have always liked this guy. Now more than ever.
“Wednesday night on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart hit Karl Rove and Bill O’Reilly with damning evidence of their hypocrisy regarding Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
While Rove recently praised Palin’s experience as the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Stewart showed video of Rove trashing Virginia Governor — and former Richmond Mayor — Tim Kaine’s executive experience, listing all the cities that are bigger than Richmond and calling such a pick “political.”
Then, after recent video of O’Reilly describing Bristol Palin’s pregnancy as a family issue, Stewart showed a clip of the Fox News host blaming Jamie Lynn Spears’ parents for her teenage pregnancy.
Finally, after showing video of Dick Morris complaining about the rampant sexism in the media coverage of Sarah Palin, Stewart unveiled a clip of Morris saying that Hillary hides behind the sexism defense, and that anytime “the big boys” pick on Hillary, “she retreats behind the apron strings.”
“In Dick Morris’ defense,” Stewart said, “he is a lying sack of sh*t.”
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/04/jon-stewart-hits-karl-rov_n_123852.html

Happy watching.

Obama camp take notes!! This is how you should respond instead of burying your freaking heads in sand.

Sep 3, 2008

Palingate

The past few days were burning hot with all the rumors surrounding Sarah Palin and with each passing day more details surface.

She seems to be a very driven career woman and a fierce mother. Both attributes would be all right in normal circumstances, but really disturbing in her case.
Why? Because some things don’t add up. Or maybe they are if you take into account her desire to succeed politically. Maybe it made sense to throw her daughter under the bus.

I am a woman who gave birth when I was 43. And it would not have crossed my mind not to be as close as possible to a hospital. My son was perfectly healthy and I still took all the possible precautions not to expose him to any risks. Hence cancelling all my business trips two months prior to the expected due date.
And we have Sarah Palin, allegedly pregnant with a baby diagnosed with Downs Syndrome. She was 44 and the pregnancy was deemed as high risk.
What is she doing in these circumstances? Travel to Texas, deliver a speech, go into labor (amniotic liquid leaked), ignore the common sense to rush to any hospital in the proximity to have your baby checked to make sure he is still safe, expose him to a huge risk for infection and flight back home to Alaska.
Taking 2 commercial flights!! Passing two big hospitals in Anchorage, both with neonatal units so needed in case of a preemie with genetic abnormalities and choosing an obscure hospital without any qualified doctor to look after the new born. Some people would say that because she had four kids before she would recognize the signs of impending labor and estimated that she’s got enough time to fly back home. But each pregnancy is different, it’s no way you can guesstimate what’s going to happen. I am not going to touch the issue of missing pregnancy photos.

If it’s true that this is what indeed happened, why anybody would want to vote for such an irresponsible person?
Selfish, stupid and irresponsible. Would you like a VP like this?

What if the whole thing was staged to cover Bristol’s pregnancy?
What if Bristol was out of school for a year because she was pregnant, not because she suffered of mononucleosis?
What if she was raped?
What if Sarah Palin has been caught in a lie bigger than her beehive? Lie that may involve health scam. Why health scam? Because a special need child needs lots of financial help. A mother in a governmental position may get this help, but her daughter? Probably not. – I refuse to believe that she was so stupid, but you never know.

McCain must do a very rapid damage control and put this story to rest. And the fastest way to do it is to release Gov. Palin’s health records. It’s standard protocol. McCain did it, Obama as well and Biden will follow.
I would suggest a birth record of the little Trig as well, but apparently it could not be found???
Even the birth certificate will do it, because it must identify the parents.
The last piece of info should be about Bristol school attendance.

In the mean time, it beats the shit out of me why McCain chose Gov. Palin. His hope was to attract the unhappy Hillary Clinton’s female supporters.
But if they have only half a brain they will read Sarah Palin’s opinions and run as fast as they can.
Here they are:
– She believes abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother. Even more, she wants to see the Roe vs. Wade verdict reversed
– She doesn’t believe global warming is man-made
– She wants creationism taught in schools
– She wants to ban all stem-cell research
– She is pro-war, pro-guns (lifetime membership with NRA), pro-big business (read oil) and pro-life (with abstinence as a birth control method)

She should be dropped like a hot potato. The way I see it is that instead of getting some Democrat votes, the Republicans are going to lose lots. Undecided voters may feel more comfortable now voting for Barack Obama as the next president of the USA.


Sep 2, 2008

Update: Is the Big Bang experiment spelling doomsday for Earth?

Update: September 22, 2008
Setback due to a faulty electrical connection between two of the superconducting magnets in one section of the tunnel which has led to a major leak of helium, the LHC’s main coolant. So far I would say that the scientists who had the decency to blow the whistle were right.

Update: September 11, 2008
Yesterday some people were happy: LHC has been switched on and we are still alive.

To all of these people I have just a few words: one beam only!!!!
We have to wait a few weeks until the second one will be ready to collide with the first beam. Who is the idiot now?

Happy reading the original message.

I wonder if September 10, 2008 is going to mark the beginning of the end of our existence. This is the date when CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research will try to duplicate conditions that existed one-billionth of a second after the Big Bang that scientists believe, created the universe.

After 20 years of preparation, 10 billion dollars spent and more than 10,000 scientists from 70 countries involved, scientists will switch on something they call the Large Hadron Collider. The big kahuna has the size of a 30 story building and has been build underground, 100 meters below the Swiss/French countryside. (for once I am happy for not living in Europe).
When the Large Hadron Collider is switched on, two hadrons– beams of sub-atomic particles made up of either protons or lead ions – start to whiz around in opposite directions inside a giant ring-shaped tunnel 27 kilometers in circumference. The particles will be smashed together 600 million times per second (speed 99.99% of the speed of light), and the results recorded and observed by four huge detectors placed in chambers the size of cathedrals deep underground.

CERN Large Hadron Collider
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The experiment will generate 40,000 gigabytes of data each day, which will be analyzed by a virtual supercomputer made up of 100,000 processors around the world linked by the internet.

Apparently not everything is nice and dandy and some scientists fear that the massive machine will destroy our planet. Faced with this prospect some people started making their own ‘bucket lists’ (as in things to do before we die). Others took a different route: trying to stop the experiment.

Professor Otto Rossler, from the Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen in Germany, is one of the scientists mounting the legal challenge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, against 20 countries that are funding the project. The group includes Swiss, German and Austrian professors, theorists and biochemists, who say the risks of firing up the Large Hadron Collider haven’t been considered properly. They say checks should be as stringent as they are for nuclear power stations and they agree with a lawsuit that was filed in Hawaii, which claims the experiment could create black holes which might swallow up the Earth.

And that would happen within four years. Doing a simple math, this will take us to the dreadful 2012 and Mayan calendar that marked it as the end of …. Fill in the blanks. The end of civilization as we know it, the end of Earth, it can be anything.

Scientists hope the experiment will help explain fundamental questions such as how particles acquire mass. They will also probe the mysterious dark matter of the universe and investigate why there is more matter than antimatter. Or so they say.

To me, this experiment is like a pissing contest between science and religion. The reason I am not comfortable with this particular experiment is that scientists have been proved wrong so many times. Look at the drugs signed off by companies as safe, only to be proved to have devastating effects on long term health or on newborns. Take thalidomide if nothing else. The sleeping aid for pregnant women considered safe. Only after its effects were so catastrophic did the manufacturer admit they did not test adequately. So we are not capable of understanding exactly how our brain or aspirin work but we are so vain to play with egos while trying to prove that God is a myth? Now more than ever we should take this type of experiments with a very healthy dose of skepticism.

While CERN is getting ready for this exercise, astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope managed to capture images of a powerful collision of galaxy clusters showing a clear separation between dark and ordinary matter. That pretty much answered a crucial question about whether dark matter interacts with itself other than via gravitational forces.

Some people call the skeptics ignorants. It may be so. Then I wonder why CERN had not developed some comprehensive explanations with regards to this experiment, in such a manner to make the tax payers (yeah, the ignorants paying for this fancy big bang experiment) understand what is going on. True, right now we don’t understand how a quantum black hole is different than a solar black hole, but hey, educate us!!!!

In conclusion, we have screwed up the planet anyway so we might as well go ahead and create a black hole to finish off the job quickly.
And some ammunition for the opposite site (religion): CERN has an interesting logo. Take a look and tell me if you see 666 or not?
CERN Logo
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