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Educated to be an astrophysicist, he has branched out from there to mathematical modeling in a variety of areas, including evolutionary ecology and economics. He has taught mathematics, statistics, and physics at several universities. He is an avid amateur pianist, and father of two adopted Chinese girls. This year, his affiliation is with MIT, where he studies the evolution of aging. His book on the subject is "Cheating the Black Queen", http://SuicideGenes.org.
Wounded Knee and the Fourth Amendment (8 comments)
A personal experience this week that opened my eyes to the sophistication of speech-recognition software, and the link between corporate and political intelligence.
Existential Threats (83 comments)
If we listen to the news, we may think that the gravest threat to humanity comes out from Al Qaeda, or maybe now it's Iraq. The global "terrorist threat" is a red herring, a distraction, an excuse for war, repression, and domestic spying. But that doesn't mean that there are no real threats. The biggest may be human numbers, combined with profligate consumption. Two reasons to organize for environmental sanity.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Three-day Fast: Day 4 (3 comments)
Last week, an article about the cell biology of fasting made headlines in the science news press. Valter Longo cites evidence that a 3-day fast can rejuvenate our immune systems, with broad anti-aging benefits. 4 or 5 days may be better yet.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Petition to End Secrecy in Government (1 comments)
"Terrorism" has been used to justify secrecy in government. The truth is just the other way around. The bankers cannot continue to steal from us, the politicians cannot continue to collect bribes, the war profiteers cannot continue to receive fat contracts unless shielded from public scrutiny. The "war on terror" was invented to justify secrecy, not vice versa. Here is a petition to reverse the erosion of transparency.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Yes, We Have No Democracy (53 comments)
Thom Hartmann has it right: Government in the USA is no longer responsive to the will of the people. But his focus on money in politics is misdirected, distracting attention from factors that are more important, more shocking, less discussed. There are six reasons our democracy is broken, and only two of them can be discussed in polite society.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Lightweight Novel on a Heavyweight Topic
This is a fun novel to read, and it deals with a topic that vitally concerns us all. Snooping by citizens on our public officials is a vital part of democracy. Snooping by government on citizens is an open door to totalitarianism.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
It's Not Your Fault (10 comments)
Don't believe what you read in the papers and hear on the radio. Ally yourself with others who are in comparable circumstances to yours. Find common ground for asserting your right to dignity, education, comfortable surroundings and healthy food, basic medical care, a caring community, and meaningful work.
Seek not to better yourself in relation to the plight of your neighbor. Demand a change in the rules of the game.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Market Manipulation to Prop up the Dollar: How Long can it Continue? (21 comments)
Even as the Fed has printed trillions of new dollars, they have kept the dollar's value from plummeting by manipulating the futures market. Using dollars to keep the value of the dollar up would seem to violate basic economic principles. It does, and it is like a chain letter or pyramid scheme that cannot continue forever.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Show-me State Endorses Cold Fusion (17 comments)
Our world is so full of disasters waiting to happen. Here's the opposite: a godsend to which we may wake up one day soon. Cold fusion works, but it's still too touchy and unreliable for commercial use. A ragtag army of experimenters around the world is searching for ways to turn it on and off.
Invasion of Syria: following a plan laid out in 2001 (13 comments)
We are told that America has a "peacekeeping" role in Syria, and that Pres Assad is a rogue criminal. Three things I've read this week suggest that this war was planned and prepared in 2001, that Obama and Bush were both just puppets following through on policies made by a shadow government that took over after 9/11, and that the "news" we hear now is nothing more than PR that is supposed to help us swallow this abomination.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Deceit by Distraction: Derailing the Dialog (4 comments)
The expansion of surveillance since 9/11 was never about countering terrorism, but has always been about stifling political dissent. Terrorism is invoked as an excuse. Snowden's brave revelations raise the hope that we are at a historic turning point, that America's plunge into despotism may yet be deflected.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Philadelphians Walk for Peace and Understanding (1 comments)
The tenth annual Interfaith Walk for Peace is Sunday, April 28 in Philadelphia. It's an opportunity to meet people from other backgrounds, people with other beliefs, and take a stand together for cross-cultural friendship.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Open Letter to ACLU Director Anthony Romero (2 comments)
The Obama Admin has continued and intensified Bush's war against truth. They have murdered Al Jazeera reporters with drones, prosecuted whistleblowers. Gary Webb and Aaron Swartz are dead. Assange is functionally a prisoner. Bradley has been tortured 3 years. Barret Brown is jailed for posting a link in a chat room. Homeland Security has broken the back of Occupy with "cognitive infiltration" tactics We need ACLU!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Trillion-dollar Coin Trick (4 comments)
The Constitution of the United States grants to Congress the exclusive power "To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures." But that's not how it has worked since 1913. Now the proposed "trillion dollar coin" could be a step back toward democratic control of the money supply.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Teaching a Dog to Play Piano (3 comments)
Here is a video of a German trainer teaching a dog to play on an electric keyboard. She starts with solfege syllables "do re mi", and afterward trains the dog to match pitches (an octave down!) from a penny whistle. At the end of the video, the dog is getting 2- and 3-note phrases toward a playing a melody, "Old MacDonald".
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Can Telomerase Therapies help us Live Longer? (2 comments)
Individual cells keep track of generations with the length of their chromosome tails, called telomeres. Cell aging has been linked to human aging, and telomere extension shows great promise as an anti-aging therapy. Cyclo-astragenol might be the best treatment currently available, though it is expensive and not as potent as we would like. Data about telomeres and life extension is still preliminary.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Cold Fusion Obituary (2 comments)
Martin Fleischmann passed away last week. The shaming and injustice that he suffered seems a personal tragedy, but suppression of Cold Fusion technology is a far larger crime against humanity. Mankind has pillaged the earth and polluted the skies for 20 years, while leaving the promise of Cold Fusion largely unexplored.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Cold Fusion: Tangible Hope in an Age of Despair (39 comments)
Dismissed by mainstream scientists, denied funding and space in the scientific journals, Cold Fusion has occupied a scientific backwater for 23 years. Meanwhile, demonstrations have been repeated again and again, a great deal of know-how has been acquired and shared over the internet. The scientists who stuck with it have been vindicated, and once again people are saying that a solution to pressing global crises is at hand.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
For New Yorkers: a Compelling and Intimate Theater Experience (1 comments)
In this Eurydice, there are overlaid voices, multiple simultaneous actions on stage, and a constant counterpoint between the words of the script and the affect with which it is delivered. The effect is to reach below the surface and speak directly to our hearts.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
9/11 Truth in the WSJ? (40 comments)
Surprisingly, the Wall St Journal's Market Watch page has published two articles from an international commission of conspiracy theorists on the subject of 9/11.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
A Cure-all for the Financial Ills of our time? (27 comments)
There were 2 visions expressed at this weekend's first convention of the Public Banking Inst. The 1st is the very practical idea that states and cities around America could be rescued from insolvency if they had their own banks, instead of relying on commercial banks to borrow money through bonds. The 2nd is the radically subversive idea that our present system for creating money could be replaced by one that serves the people
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Anonymous Letter from JPMorgan Whistleblower (2 comments)
A letter, reproduced here, purports to be from a whistleblower within JPMorgan, who alleges (1) conspiracies to manipulate currency and precious metals futures markets, and (2) that JPMorgan's exposure to derivatives puts it at risk of bankruptcy from the Greek crisis.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Fukushima: Protecting the Public from Panic (1 comments)
One year ago today, the Fukushima nuclear power plant was hit with an earthquake. Almost immediately, governments and corporations came together to manage the news, and decide what we would be allowed to hear. It has developed as the worst nuclear disaster in history, surpassing Chernobyl.
"Skeptics" for 9/11 Orthodoxy (12 comments)
The proper subject of this Tenth Anniversary retrospective ought to be a call for open and independent investigation, so that the diverse tools and brains of science can be recruited for illumination of the defining political event of the last decade.
Monday, July 11, 2011
The Designated Hitter (8 comments)
Is President Obama, as portrayed in the media, a weak negotiator, too eager to accommodate, ineffective at bringing his goals and policies to fruition? Or is he a face of reason and intelligence pasted onto the Republocrat far-right agenda? Goals that he has pursued quietly, outside public scrutiny, make it hard to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Kucinich: End the Fed & Create Full Employment (22 comments)
The Founders did not intend for America to be run by big banks and Wall Street. The Constitution put the ability to create money in the hands of Congress. The Fed took away that power in 1913. We need to get that power back to invest in our economy, to create jobs, to put America back to work, to rebuild America without going into debt. We must reclaim our destiny by reclaiming control over the money system.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Half a Million Protestors on the Streets of London; Silence in the US Media (12 comments)
In Britain as in the US, an economic crisis that was caused by rogue bankers is being used as an excuse to slash public services, even as the Wall St thugs get bailed out at public expense.
The British government has announced massive cuts in government services and employment. In response, 500,000 people flooded into the streets this weekend, in a protest march. Have you read anything about it, or seen it on TV?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
PayPal cuts off Bradley Manning Legal Defense; Backs Off under Grass Roots Pressure
PayPal froze the account of the Bradley Manning Support Network, a group raising funds for the legal defense of alleged Wikileaks source Pfc. Manning has been held without charge or trial in solitary confinement for 8 months. The Defense Fund is trying to get him a hearing. PayPal claimed their action had nothing to do with politics, but after receiving thousands of calls and emails, they have re-opened the account.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Love Lessons from Abu Ghraib (1 comments)
No one wants to think about torture. But if no one thinks about it, who will stand up and put a stop to it? "Love Lessons from Abu Ghraib" is a one-woman show that offers an engaging and uplifting way to begin taking in the horrors that are being perpetrated in our name.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
"What doesn't kill me makes me stronger.' (1 comments)
A new take on aging and health. Our bodies don't "wear out" with age. What happens to us is more like a time bomb, internally programmed. We can't protect ourselves by avoiding toxins and pesticides, or by taking anti-oxidant supplements. In fact, moderate challenges to the body lead to greater health and longer life. The most effective challenges are hunger, vigorous exercise and novel challenges at every stage of life.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Is Manning Being Tortured Merely to Set an Example? (8 comments)
US Pvt Bradley Manning is suspected of being the conduit for diplomatic cables delivered to Wikileaks last year. He is being held without charge and without trial in solitary confinement. Now NBC reports that after having devoted vast resources to the investigation, the government has been unable to get enough evidence to indict Manning, let alone to convict him.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Raise the Debt ceiling NOW to avoid Blackmail next Spring (5 comments)
Alan Simpson has suggested that next spring would be a dandy time to blackmail the President, using the debt ceiling. He has good reason to believe that Obama will be a far easier target than Clinton was in 1995. For four more weeks, the Congress is controlled by Democrats. This is the time to raise the debt ceiling.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The Scoop on Election Theft 2010 (1 comments)
Consistent differences between exit polls and the official tally have led in the past to suspicions of election theft. Yesterday's election seems to fit the same pattern. Exit polls were reported for 18 Senate races and 12 Governorships, and in 11 of these, the official count was significantly higher for the Republican. California is the only state that looks "clean".
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Democracy and Legitimate Government (2 comments)
Though many of us are too shell-shocked to see the pattern, the government of Barrack Obama, which you and I worked so hard to install in Washington, is now cementing in place, and even expanding, some institutional violations of the Constitution that were initiated under Bush. Those of us with eyes open are appalled.
Who is rigging our elections? Clues from Massachusetts. (9 comments)
A new analysis demonstrates convincingly that in the special election for Ted Kennedy's "60th Senate seat", the vote count was skewed to give the victory to the Republicans. Both the "Liberal media" and the Democratic candidate herself appear to be complicit in corrupting the vote count.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
BP is Bankrupt. Nationalize BP. (11 comments)
It is absurd to apply standards of moral responsibility to corporate behavior. President Obama's show of anger and CEO Tony Hayward's display of attrition must be seen as public relation ploys. The proper remedy is for the Federal government to take charge of cleanup, applying an effort commensurate with the damage. BP's assets, and control of its corporate HQ, should be seized to pay for the effort.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Understanding Deep Politics (7 comments)
Report of Peter Dale Scott's presentation at the conference, "Deep Politics" in Santa Cruz this weekend. Dr Scott pulls together hints that Cold War era plans for "Continuity of Government" have been re-worked to create an pretense for extra-constitutional government.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Mumbai terror: US says "Case closed". India is Irate (2 comments)
In a plea bargain deal, a Pakistani-American who was accused of planning the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, agreed to cooperate with American investigators. A New York Times blog raises suspicions that the accused might be a double agent for the CIA. Indians are furious, and charge that the US is hiding its role in the Mumbai attacks.
Sheehan Announces Peace Camp in DC
Cindy Sheehan is spearheading a project to set up camp across the street from the White House, and sustain a program of ongoing civil disobedience in Washington until all the troops come home from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Monday, February 22, 2010
A Modest Proposal (5 comments)
"Medicare for All" would cover every American for less money than we now pay to insure only some of us. With the savings, we could bribe every Senator, every Congressman, and every Insurance and Pharma executive, assuring support of the bill from all interested parties.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Obama worked for the CIA (11 comments)
Your assignment, sir, should you choose to accept it, is to take the radical anti-democratic program of the Bush Republicans and give it the imprimatur of the Eastern Intellectual Establishment.
Afghan War: Realities on the Ground
A series of recent articles describes the way the U.S. is fighting against itself in Afghanistan, funding the enemy through extortion payments, stirring up the hatred of the people whose lives are ruined by the war, paying poppy growers to produce less, while trafficking in drugs in order to fund covert CIA operations. Continue this war? This is what Obama calls a tough decision.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Author of 9/11 Commission Report: Don't Believe Us (12 comments)
Review: The Ground Truth by John Farmer
In recent public opinion surveys, roughly half the country believes the official account of what occurred on 9/11/2001 to be substantially true, and half is skeptical. Apparently John Farmer, the man who penned the official 9-11 Commission Report in 2003, is in the latter group.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Can Stockholm Afford to Take a Chance?
The Nobel Prize of Alfred Nobel's will was intended to be edgy and current. It has become stodgy and the epitome of establishment. The difference is whether the prize commmittee seeks to reward current discoveries, or to wait until they pass the test of history.
Seize the Day - Demonstrate for Peace (4 comments)
President Obama's award of the Nobel Prize is our opportunity to amplify the message with which we elected him. Massive demonstrations at such a time are not angry and divisive, but a unifying expression of the mandate for peace.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
"Unary Executive" is now Bipartisan Consensus (1 comments)
Concentration of power in the Executive undermines the balance of powers among three government branches, which is one the key safeguards in our Constitution. Historically, concentration of power has been associated with despotism, corruption and abuse. Obama has lent credibility to extra-Constitutional powers assumed by his predecessor and this may block the road back to balance for generations to come.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
'Dismantle the Fed!' hits the Mainstream (7 comments)
Until recently 'Abolish the Fed!' has been the rallying cry of a fringe of libertarians. But there are now 200 Congressmen who are shocked, Shocked! to discover that the Fed has been creating money and giving it away to Wall St without accountability. And William Greider, writing this week in The Nation, makes the case for abolishing The Fed.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Karl Rove and the Permanent Republican Majority (2 comments)
During the Bush Administration, Rove's office engaged the Justice Department to target hundreds of local politicians (Democrats and a handful of liberal Republicans) that got in their way. Justice would assign investigators to find dirt on each target, then coerce friends and family members into testifying against them using more political prosecutions.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sticks and Stones (1 comments)
Talk to the disabled people in your life. Ask them what it is like to be blind or lame or to have a chronic disease. Chances are they will move very quickly from talking about the disability to the disability's effects on the way they are perceived and the way they are treated. This article reviews a new book by Marsha Saxton.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We Still Torture (5 comments)
The United States has always used torture, though it was officially acknowledged to be illegal, and the practice was hidden from the public. With the Bush regime, torture was mainstreamed. Now we cannot go back, argues Luke Mitchell in Harper's Magazine. We must either abolish the practice in reality, or accept this grotesque derangement of our constitutional democracy.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
More Real than Realpolitik: A Conversation Opener (1 comments)
The 'Realistic view' of American politics is that democracy has been eclipsed by a cynical electoral calculation. But reality is stranger than this - the Democrats seem to be oblivious to their own self-interest in one area after another. Who is really in charge?