Mexifornia headlines, 2039

# Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California.

# White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia’s third language.

# Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

# Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.

# Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

# Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.


Short hiatus [after this post] till late afternoon, folks.

1. Food for thought:

And then I explained to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remain silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.

Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.

2. Gosh, hope some nutter doesn’t try to emulate NZ:

Southern Poverty Law Center

We start here:

I commented:


The slow-motion Southern Poverty Law Center scandal is a fascinating example of how facts can be public but they simply don’t register on most people unless they are in tune with the zeitgeist.

Chuckles replied:

I’d say it’s a lovely soundbite and very usable, but even a brief glimpse of the Dees would tell anyone paying attention that he was a very nasty piece of work, and he did quite a good job of positioning his little loose cash magnet as the lefty version of an evangelical church

But firstly I think Steve misses or omits that fact that most people don’t give a damn about the spirit of the age or popular causes or any such, but simply want to be left alone to lurch through life as best they can.(clearly, I’m projecting a middle class model and attitude here 🙂

And the real interesting question is about the half billion that the SPLC has in the bank, that is not nickel and dime donations, it screams all sorts of things, and waves big flags, and it’s sources are, I’m sure much more interesting than peroples perceptions of the dees 40 years ago, as it is, after all, why he’s got the push. Remember, it is ALWAYS about the money


Try these

1. What is centripetal acceleration?
2. How does the law of displacement work in design?
3. Two identical cars collide head on. Each car is traveling at 100 km/h. The impact force on each car is the same as hitting a solid wall at:

(a) 100 km/h
(b) 200 km/h
(c) 150 km/h
(d) 50 km/h

[H/T real-world physics]

E8 and Lie … reality or gobbledegook?


The most conventional approach to unification right now is string theory, which suggests that the fundamental particles are not actually fundamental at all, but are rather all different expressions of one thing: a string. Different vibrational modes let us “see” different things, so one vibration shows us an electron, another a proton, and so on*.

But Lisi says he doesn’t like it because it lacks elegance. He says that when he started to play around with the E8 Lie group structure, it seemed to help the disparate pieces of our knowledge – fundamental forces, particles and so on – fit neatly together.

“It would be kind of nice if it all made sense, mathematically anyway,” he is quoted as saying. “It’s nice to think that there’s a bigger picture that’s beautiful and that we’re all a part of it.”