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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. Several of my articles on physics and consciousness are online at,, Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research, and YouTube. And of course there are articles here at Opednews. I've also had two physics articles published in an obscure but earnest Central European journal (European Scientific Journal

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The State of Columbia and the District of Washington, From Uploaded
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2023
The 51st State of Columbia A proposal to form a special Federal District of Washington within the State of Columbia
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 4, 2020
The Alcubierre Drive and a solution to the Fermi Paradox The so-called Fermi Paradox addresses the enigma that although it seems there must be advanced civilizations elsewhere in the universe, we have been unable to detect their communications. A hypothetical technology that could overcome the limit of light-speed is shown to suggest a solution to the paradox.
From InText
(43 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Relativity Visualized A simple graphic explanation of Special Relativity
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 17, 2019
The Obscure and Unconscious Class A discussion of a social class that has not been fully appreciated, and of the importance of its recognition.
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Black holes, mathematics, and relativity physics Several mathematical constructs of black-hole physics are described as misrepresentations, especially in terms of Relativity. The conditions of in-falling bodies reaching and crossing an event horizon are reexamined, and it is argued that matter cannot exist within a black hole. It is concluded that black holes consists entirely of un-visible "white" light-energy.
Confederate Flag in Biloxi, From FlickrPhotos
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The Confederate Flag is Unpatriotic and Disrespectful An amazing amazing call to all true American patriots!
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 11, 2016
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.
From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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, From ImagesAttr
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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-line of a ray of light is depicted as a diagonal in the observer’s coordinate system, moving in equal parts of space and time. Point, From ImagesAttr
(41 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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.
From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 16, 2014
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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 24, 2011
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 23, 2010
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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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?
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 31, 2010
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.
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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!

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