Monday, August 31, 2015

Nuland's Nazi Friends Riot in Kiev

1 Dead and 100 Wounded after Grenade Thrown

Oleh Tyahnybok leader of the Svoboda fascist party (left) with US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria (Fuck Europe) Nuland and her Prime Minister designate and soon to be Prime Minister Yatsenuk (right) last year just before the coup.

Tyahnybok rushing the National Guard in today's demonstration by the Svoboda fascists outside Rada building in Kiev shortly before the explosion from the grenade thrown into the National Guard and police there.

Above - Here is the video of it.

Below The lies coming from the State Department followed by an interview with Canadian socialist Roger Annis who gives some background to the February coup last year.

Was it just an angry Svoboda Nazi thug that threw the grenade  or was it another false flag operation who knows?  Daria Mitina former Moscow Press Officer of the Foreign Ministry of the Donetsk Peoples' Republic suspects the the Ukrainian Minister of the interior Arsen Avakov (who is standing behind Nuland in the top photo) in her Skleroznik blog (in Russian, use google translate if like me you don't speak Russian)

Below Tyahnybok (right) with his friend John McCain who is sort of giving a Nazi salute .

While below here is  Tyahnybok giving a Nazi salute during a speech

Monday, May 25, 2015

Alexei Borisovich Mozgovoi Anti-fascist Hero

The world has lost a great man. A hero of immense integrity, a poet, a soldier and thinker. Let us hope that the new leaders of the Ghost brigade carry forward his vision and work with vigour and in the spirit he would have wished.
“Commander Alexei Mozgovoi was a hero, not only for Donbass people, but for people all over the world.” –

 Mozgovoi's appeal for an anti-oligarchic revolution in Ukraine:

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A fine pair of murderous neo-Nazis terrorists

A fine pair of murderous neo-Nazis terrorists.  Frau Merkel if you support Nazis you are a Nazi.  You are also a quisling traitor to Europe, Germany and the German People in placing the interests of the American Empire above that of Europe and its people.  You and Obama are responsible for the deaths and humanitarian disaster in the Donbass. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gravitational Waves and Andrei Linde gets a surprise.

Yes the great gravitational wave breakthrough was as expected announced yesterday.  Stanford University Professor Andrei Linde, one of the founders of inflation theory, and his wife fellow Stanford Professor the string theorist Renata Kallosh got a surprise visit:

Assistant Professor Chao-Lin Kuo surprises Professor Andrei Linde with evidence that supports cosmic inflation theory. The discovery, made by Kuo and his colleagues at the BICEP2 experiment, represents the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. These waves have been described as the "first tremors of the Big Bang."
The original paper published yesterday at 10:45 a.m. is here.

Linde's shock at the result... "5σ r=0.2", Linde says "0.2!" in surprise.

It is surprising . The article on arXiv concludes:
Subtracting the various dust models and re-deriving the r
constraint still results in high significance of detection. For
the model which is perhaps the most likely to be close to re-
ality (DDM2 cross) the maximum likelihood value shifts to
r = 0.16 +0.06 −0.05 with r = 0 disfavored at 5.9σ. These high
values of r are in apparent tension with previous indirect limits
based on temperature measurements and we have discussed
some possible resolutions including modifications of the ini-
tial scalar perturbation spectrum such as running. However
we emphasize that we do not claim to know what the resolu-
tion is.
They are saying that their value of r which is the ratio of the tensor polarization from gravitational waves to the scalar polarization from the inflaton field, after correction for the effects of gravitational lensing, is incompatible with with the indirect limits established by satellite temperature measurements. From this r = 0.2 is surprisingly high.

These incompatibilities  need to be ironed out before this result is fully accepted.  This is just a
note of caution.  Lets hope everything is fine and we have witnessed a scientific revolution as big as that introduced by the CMB anisotropy results and the birth of precision cosmology.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Landscapes of Science

 I have always been interested in the concept of a "landscape" in scientific theories.  A "landscape" is a representation of a higher dimensioned potential energy surface in a simplified three dimensional plot.  A couple of years ago I posted this comment in a thread about Conrad Hal Waddington's ideas on epigenetics (his term for developmental processes in biology not to be confused with the current misuse and abuse of the terminology):

"I can still remember the shock of insight from seeing a diagram of the epigenetic landscape in one of C.H. Waddington’s books when reading it over 40 years ago now.
I am impressed to this day by the usefulness of the “landscape” concept in diverse fields of science. In chemistry the potential energy surfaces of molecules and reactions are a landscape representation. In evolutionary theory there are of course fitness landscapes and finally on the grandest scale the cosmological landscape of string theory.
They are all of course higher dimensioned potential energy surfaces simplified to a 3-D representation in a 2-D projection. I wish the current evolutionary biologists would draw them the right way though, like physicists, chemists and the late great C. H. Waddingtion did. The vertical axis is potential energy and stable states are the lowest levels on this axis. So there are fitness valleys not fitness hills. A test “marble”, “ping-pong ball” atom or organism will tend to roll down to the lowest level in the metaphor of terrestrial gravity operating in a landscape."
 Comment in Why Evolution Is True

I have continued to think about the landscape metaphor in science.  The landscape is a simplified representation of a mathematical object in a potentially highly dimensioned hyperspace.  The usefulness of the concept in such diverse scientific fields  must represent some underlying similarities of the mathematics involved.

An example of a chemical potential energy surface from the article When is a Minimum not a Minimum

Here is Waddington's epigentic landscape from 1957 showing the potential developmental pathways for the ball (embryonic cell) as it rolls down the landscape.

What is the fundamental difference between difference between the two landscape representations ?  More to come.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jerry Coyne Attacks Jim Al-Khalili and Gets Free Will Wrong Again

Jerry Coyne continues his naive nineteenth century mechanistic materialist denial of modern compatibilist views on free will.  He has launched a determinist attack on Jim Al-Khalili's ideas on free will, whose views I personally agree with.  Jim Al-Khalili is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey and he has hosted several BBC productions about science.  He is currently President of the British Humanist Association.

It is late in the evening and I am tired and about to go to bed.  So I won't write a critique of Jerry's position, but instead I will post a link to one post on this thread on his blog where I think the poster got it just right as a substitute here

He quotes Jim Al-Khalili:

“our actions still determine which of the infinite number of possible futures is the one that gets played out.”

What Jerry fails to understand in his Jihad for determinism is that for modern quantum cosmology only the ensemble is deterministic so we face an "infinite number of possible futures".  That is the wonder of the world we live in.

When I get it together I intend to discuss Jim Al-Khalili's ideas on quantum biology.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Reading a Champagne Label


This weekend we opened a bottle of this champagne. The  Beaumont des Crayères Champagne was born in 1955 when a group of winegrowers from the village of Mardeuil near Epernay, formed a cooperative.  The Grand Prestige Brut is made from; 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier grapes.

This Champagne is crisp with powerful apple and citrus fruit notes, pale straw yellow with a lively and persistent mousse.  Overall an excellent Champagne.   We have found that often the best value for money, on a quality to price ratio is to be had from the Champagne cooperatives, beating the big better known Champagne houses hands down.   Not that the Beaumont des Crayères Cooperative is small, with 240 members it produces half a million bottles a year.

"My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne“
John Maynard Keynes

Reading The Label

The main parts of the label are relatively obvious; The name of the brand, Champagne the wine's Appelation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) and an alcohol content of 12%  etc are all shown.  At the bottom of the label a line containing lot of specific content in small print is present:

"Elaboré par Beaumont des Crayères à Mardeuil, 51530, France, CM-826-001 Produce of France"

First is the name and address of the producer, here showing that the origin of the grapes is the village of Mardeuil.  CM-826-001 is the producers Professional Registration Code.  The letters CM denote that the producer is Coopérative-manipulant that is a cooperative of growers who also make and sell Champagne under their own labels.  The first two letter of the code shows the type of champagne producer.  Most of the champagne you will see on the shelves is NM (Négociant-manipulant) meaning it is from a Champagne house.  Here is a list of the two letter codes:

ND (Négociants-Distributeur) – A  company selling Champagne it did not make
RM (Récoltant-Manipulant) – grower producer – A grower who sells grapes to the houses as well as buying grapes from other growers and making his own Champagne
CM (Coopérative-manipulant) – cooperative producer – A coop of growers who also make and sell Champagne under their own labels
NM (Négociant-manipulant) – a Champagne house – Producer who buys grapes in volume from growers to make Champagne
MA (Marque d’Acheteur) – a buyers own brand – A brand name owned by the purchaser such as restaurant, supermarket, wine merchant

If you live in Ontario Beaumont des Crayères is available from the LCBO