Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

    Message Jim Arnold

Jim Arnold  ((# of views))

                 

Volunteer a little time and make a big difference

I have 28 fans:
Become a Fan
Become a Fan.
You'll get emails whenever I post articles on OpEdNews

A former visitant of UC Santa Cruz, former union boilermaker, ex-Marine, Vietnam vet, anti-war activist, dilettante in science with an earth-shaking theory on the nature of light (which no one will consider), philosopher in the tradition of Schelling, Hegel, Merleau-Ponty, Marx, and Fromm (sigh, no one listens to me on that either), author of a book on wine clubs (ahem), and cast-off programmer of ancient computer languages.

I've recently had two physics articles published in an obscure but earnest Central European journal (European Scientific Journal http://www.eujournal.org/index.php/esj) but my main interests remain politics and philosophy.



OpEdNews Member for 502 week(s) and 3 day(s)

30 Articles, 0 Quick Links, 3550 Comments, 5 Diaries, 0 Polls

Articles Listed By Date   List By Popularity

Friday, November 11, 2016 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Now is the time, 2018 is the prize A hundred million citizens are going to be horrified in the days ahead, appalled by Republican policy makers and dismayed by Democratic sell-outs and losers. In each state, in each district, we need to be recruiting real progressive candidates for office in 2018, whatever their affiliation.

Image created from image crediting Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Do Physicists Love Their Paradoxes Too Much? The "Twin Paradox" in Relativity theory has involved an abiding difficulty with clarifying how arbitrary periods of uniform motion between accelerations, when each twin will observe the other's clock to move relatively slowly, can be resolved at their reunion. But there is a non-paradoxical explanation for the effect that has not been previously proposed.

Numbers Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (27 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Suggestions for more friendly numbers about space and time The ways things are identified and described are often arbitrary conventions handed down from early influential persons or groups. We have conventions involving numbers that aren't the best way of communicating their quantities or ranges, and there's no good reason they shouldn't be improved upon.

A typical Minkowski diagram. The world-line of the observer is moving in time perpendicular to the space axis. The world Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (41 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is theoretical physics dead-ending? It is argued that theoretical physics has been reduced to a heavily defended branch of pure mathematics. A paper that can't be accepted or criticized in the current climate is offered for evaluation, involving an exploration of time as the dynamic aspect of the spacetime continuum, with numerous corollaries that enhance Special Relativity, including an explanation for why the speed of light is absolute and ultimate.

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We need to organize -- NOW! There are various political strategies being advocated and tried to counter our steady descent into an imperial, oligarchic police state of environmental devastation. Top-down and bottom-up have been tried. Let's try building a personal (or "inter-personal") organization, a structured bottom-up, top-down democracy based on tiers of small groups, each of which elects a representative to the next tier.

International Responsibility For Human Rights Thursday, January 16, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Principle of International Humanitarian Intervention A consideration of political principles can seem dry and abstract, but a more explicit awareness of one’s principles can foster more effective political influence. After a discussion of political principles in general, this article maintains that it is sometimes right for the international community to intervene in a nation, militarily if necessary, to prevent genocide or massive injustice toward some part of its population.

Sunday, April 24, 2011 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Gravitation, force and energy Gravitation is described as a uniquely geometric phenomenon, incompatible with the concepts of force, energy, and inertia, and only analogically comparable by means of mathematical formalizations. Two thought experiments are employed to demonstrate that the association of gravitation with force and inertia is irreconcilable with the geometric interpretation and without theoretical foundation or empirical support.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Immigration Policy: the Liberal/Progressive Dichotomy Differences of opinion about how best to deal with unauthorized immigration serve to profile subtle differences between liberalism and progressivism that are well worth exploring.

Thursday, December 23, 2010 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Alternatives to a National Third Party It's become clear to many of us that the Democratic Party and federal government have been captured by corporate interests and may be beyond meaningful reform for the foreseeable future. A third party in the U.S. has never been so desperately needed, and the obstacles to making it viable have never been so enormous. But there are fifty-plus potential long-term remedies, alternatives to a national third party.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A strategy for the November elections: Punt! In football, when it's clear you don't have much chance to move the ball to the goal, you kick it away - you punt - and hope to get the ball back in a better scoring position. What would a political punt be like in the present circumstances? Is it relevant, and would it be the most effective strategy?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We've Got to Organize! There's been a lot of discussion about how our democracy can overcome the power of corporations and the pro-corporate, top-down political parties. I believe a key solution to overcoming the systematic dominance of the powerful few is being overlooked.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Soccer is succor fer succers Soccer (aka un-American "football") is a great sport, but it's a terrible spectacle. Unless you're a veteran player, or you love a player, or you love the team that represents your country or locality, watching a soccer match is like watching glass glow. The only thing that saves it as a popular spectator sport is its standing as THE currency for proving local and national superiority.

Monday, May 31, 2010 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Spartan Women: History's greatest conspiracy? Almost everyone has heard about the men of ancient Sparta: fearsome warriors who devoted their lives to fighting, training for fighting, talking about fighting, and talking about training. What is rarely considered or discussed, but arguably much more interesting, is the contemporary sub-culture of the Spartan women.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 (26 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Steven Hawking is wrong on Extraterrestrials The renowned physicist Steven Hawking, a genius of number and equation, and drawing from his mastery of the virtual blackboard, has sounded the alarm to the people of earth: Fear the Extra-Terrestrials!

Thursday, March 25, 2010 (19 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Consciousness, Values, Science, and Nature Considerations about the nature of consciousness are not just academic exercises. Our beliefs about what we are, even if more-or-less implicit, can have a profound influence on our values, personal relations, and political perspectives.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Toward a provisional, populist and nonpartisan Uni-tea ("Unity") Party A proposal to elect populist representation to counter the wave of corporate power that threatens our democracy

Friday, August 14, 2009 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Light is at absolute rest, and science isn't interested Light seems sometimes to act like a wave, sometimes like a particle. This seemingly nonsensical behavior has been accepted for so long, and entire careers devoted, so much that a hypothesis which would explain light's peculiarities, and resolve its apparent duality, is evidently unwelcome among physical scientists even in violation of their most fundamental principles.

Thursday, July 16, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Thom Hartmann's book on the JFK Assassination I have a lot of respect for Thom Hartmann. I'm a regular listener of his radio program. But I'm unable to reconcile his contribution to the book Ultimate Sacrifice, which lays exclusive blame for the JFK assassination on members of the Mafia.

Sunday, June 29, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Conflicts of interests The Democrats are pursuing a people-based strategy of fund-raising by refusing donations from lobbyists and PACs while pursuing a corporate-based strategy of Congressional voting and Presidential campaign jockeying. It's boundless: The chronic stupidity of a party leadership conflicted by soft, liberal intentions and hard, conservative (wealth and power) interests.

Friday, June 20, 2008 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Democratic Circles What we call Democratic Circles is a plan to build a national political/cultural organization of direct democracies - to rebuild a thriving and effective "We the People."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Freedom, Libertarians, and Football The concepts of freedom and liberty deserve better discrimination, especially in view of the recent popularization of libertarianism by Ron Paul. Americans, especially, have tended to treat the two concepts as synonymous, but freedom and liberty actually express important differences.

Thursday, August 30, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Politics: Left and Right or Large and Small? A political circle of inclusion is suggested as a substitute for the conventional political spectrum.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Science, technique and philosophy Science has grown authoritarian, overreaching, conservative and cold in its own estimation as an institution of truth, rather than a branch of philosophy. A more progressive perspective identifies science as a philosophy, or rather, a series of philosophies, subject to challenge even from outside its temples.

Sunday, July 22, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Individuals, societies, and the classification of organisms Modern taxonomy consists in the classification of organisms primarily according to their genetic proximity. With this emphasis there is insufficient attention to levels of organization whereby interdependent but merely composite associations of cells would be distinguished from actual multicellular individuals.

Sunday, July 8, 2007 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Difference Between Liberals and Progressives No one seems to talk much about the difference between liberals and progressives, in fact the two are usually treated as being pretty much synonymous. But there are differences, and I believe they're significant.

Monday, June 18, 2007 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Gravitation and its misappropriation by quantum theory It is argued that the attempt to assimilate gravitation in quantum theory is inconsistent with the principles of science. Two thought experiments are employed to demonstrate that the quantum concept of gravitation is incompatible with the general theory of relativity, and without either theoretical foundation or empirical support.

Friday, June 15, 2007 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Evolving Design - A third way between evolution and creation There's another way of thinking about the evolution issue that many may find more palatable, less polarizing that "random mutation" or "creation".

Friday, June 15, 2007 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Illegal Immigration: Left and right or top and bottom? Reducing the issue of illegal immigration to an opposition between those on top and those on bottom, rather than between the left and right.

Friday, June 15, 2007 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Essence of Faggotry The etymology of the word "fag" has everything to do with virtue, little to do with sexual orientation.

Thursday, June 7, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Concept of Loyalty and George W. Bush A consideration of the concept of loyalty shows that Bush's protection of his subordinates isn't loyalty, nor is it a pardonable fault.