Sophist

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  • I’m not drawing parallels between the underlying issues, just the way
    the plucky photogenic underdog/soldier/spy/whistleblower story publicly
    plays out.

    I’m just expressing a cynical sceptism, not a certainty that they are
    in fact poster-person representatives of a controlled opposition policy.

  • sorry for the double post, formatting issues

  • Oliver North, Valerie Plame, Edward Snowden, putting an attractive face on
    government wrong doing since 1986, using a poster-boy/girl scapegoat as a
    ‘managed’ distraction from high end wrong doing.

    I was very hopeful that the plame/fitzgerald show would net some real criminal
    charges against the gangsters in power, but in retrospect the whole punch-n-judy
    show ended up focusing ire in a controlled opposition court case that neutered
    the whole issue.

    I’m personally grateful for the revelation from Snowden, it confirmed a number
    of points that some technology folks have been warning for years, specically
    about the cushy relationships and history between technology companies and
    the defense department.

    Some of the more strident voices have claimed that the big tech giants biggest
    ‘clients’ always have been the U.S. Gov’t.

    Snowden confirmed some of the worst fears, but in a way that has made the mob,
    en masse kind of just shrug, say meh, and go back to watching tv, with the claim
    that “TPTB are too big to fight, move along, nothing to see here.”

    Maybe that’s the point of the poster-boy controlled burn.

  • Oliver North, Valerie Plame, Edward Snowden, putting an attractive face on government wrong doing since 1986, using a poster-boy/girl scapegoat as a ‘managed’ distraction from high end wrong doing.

    I was very hopeful that the plame/fitzgerald show would net some real criminal charges against the gangsters in power, but in retrospect the whole punch-n-judy show ended up focusing ire in a controlled opposition court case that neutered the whole issue.

    I’m personally grateful for the revelation from Snowden, it confirmed a number of points that some technology folks have been warning for years, specically about the cushy relationships and history between technology companies and the defense department.

    Some of the more strident voices have claimed that the big tech giants biggest ‘clients’ always have been the U.S. Gov’t.

    Snowden confirmed some of the worst fears, but in a way that has made
    the mob, en masse kind of just shrug, say meh, and go back to watching
    tv, with the claim that “TPTB are too big to fight, move along, nothing
    to see here.” Maybe that’s the point of the poster-boy controlled burn.

  • There’s this dogmatic orthodoxy in cosmology today, that gravity is the only force needed to explain events at interstellar, and intergalactic distances.

    But this strict orthodoxy ignores the alternatives suggested by plasma cosmology, and the fact of electrically driven events in space.

    The dogmatic view is that there are no relevant electrical interaction between bodies in space, that the ‘vacuum’ of space is ‘electrically neutral’. But this view is factually incorrect.

    The aurora borealis, for example is part of a complex electromagnetic dynamic between the earth and the sun.

    NASA and much of the modern academic cosmology establishment continue to defend an ‘energy scarce’ gravity-only cosmology. The implications of plasma cosmology, and electrically driven stellar dynamics are heretical, no less so to an empire built on oil and petrochemical energy.

  • Sophist commented on the diary post Over Easy: James Clapper Says Journalists Are Snowden’s ‘Accomplices’ by msmolly.

    2014-01-31 09:12:44View | Delete

    Shorter James Clapper “I’m not a traitor, you’re the traitor, all of you villainous seething mass of public rubes that aren’t following imperial policy.”

  • Sophist commented on the blog post National Review’s Future At Risk Over Climate Change Smear

    2014-01-31 09:09:46View | Delete

    Mark Steyn is a tool, but the fraudulent claims against Mann aren’t so easy to dismiss. There is evidence of fraud, and of oppressing any dissenting views among meteorologists, of censoring publication of dissent. Maybe the climategate emails weren’t admissable, but Mann and that IPCC’s own response to them are.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 16:04:41View | Delete

    If A is the temperature of the sun, and B is the temperature of the earth, and B gets its temperature from A, then the fact that we can’t explain the temperature of A has some bearing on our explanation for the temperature of Bay.

    It’s not a strawman to suggest the explanation for climate change concerns may be contingent on a flawed understanding of the sun.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 15:22:49View | Delete

    But for an empire predicated on fossil fuels, this is the worst
    kind of heresy.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 15:22:19View | Delete

    The idea of so outrageous a controversy in contemporary sciences boggles
    the mind. “Impossible, that our grey haired academics could be so wrong.”

    The idea of an electrically powered sun is not new however, and has been
    proposed numerous times, since Faraday.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 15:20:31View | Delete

    The key here to the electrical theory of stellar dynamics being that
    newtonian/einsteinian physics depends on space being electrically neutral.

    We know that this is not the case, from hubble imaging that show immense
    magnetically driven events in space.

    It’s a basic principle of electromagnetism, that you can’t have magnetic
    fields, without electrical current.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AUA7XS0TvA

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 15:18:21View | Delete

    Electrical models of the sun have been systematically rejected by the
    likes of the Royal Society, since the 1840′s but they are tantalizing explanations for features that fail the gaseous nuclean/fusion model
    first proposed by Eddington.

    Today the notion of electrical activity in space is scientific heresy, despite having support from nobel laureates, like Hannes Alfven.

    But if our solar system is powered electrically, its unlikely that we
    would need fossil fuels, and that’s economic heresy at the very least.

    The carbon use argument would fall apart completely if the sun could
    be proven to be electrically powered, instead of the ‘nuclear furnace’
    theory.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 15:09:55View | Delete

    This corona problem is upsetting to our understanding of thermodynamics,
    which suggest that if the energy that makes the sun hot, is at its core
    the ‘nuclear furnace’ then the surface SHOULD be hotter than the corona.

    The thermodynamic explanation is that the heat reduce the further away
    from the ‘nuclear furnace’ we get.

    The fact that this isn’t the case, is a huge problem for our understanding
    of how the sun is hot, and how in turn, the planets get their warmth.

    …Unless the sun’s heat is derived from something other than the ‘nuclear furnace’

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 15:06:10View | Delete

    For example

    From http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/mysteries_l1/corona.html

    “One of the most puzzling features of the Sun is what has been dubbed “the solar corona problem.”

    “The problem is, no one can really explain how this corona exists. Even if the temperature in the core of the Sun does reach 15 million degrees, it drops to a mere 5000 degrees at the surface.”

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 15:03:37View | Delete

    Can you show the strawman ?

    The corona is hotter than the surface. This is a fact.

    My point in suggesting that this is the case, is to suggest
    that if we can’t explain the heat of the sun, which in turn
    heats our planet, we may not have an adequate explanation of
    planetary temperature.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 14:53:21View | Delete

    I will take the climate change hysteria a little more seriously,
    when there is a good explanation for why the sun’s corona is millions
    of degrees hotter than the sun’s surface.

    Here’s a hint, magnetic reconnection doesn’t work as an explanation
    magnetic field lines are notional, like lines on a map, they don’t
    break and re-connect.

    The fact that we cannot adequately explain the mechanism that heats
    the sun, leaves me skeptical of our terrestrial understanding of our
    weather and meteorology.

  • Upcoming regime change in Uruguay in …3…2…1

  • Sophist commented on the blog post AIPAC Endorses War With Syria, Will Help Obama Lobby Congress

    2013-09-04 11:20:43View | Delete

    oded yinon ? divide and conquer, maybe, the ‘its all about oil’ argument has worn a little thin

  • Sophist commented on the blog post AIPAC Endorses War With Syria, Will Help Obama Lobby Congress

    2013-09-04 10:55:18View | Delete

    It’s a terrible caricature, but Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Django Unchained comes to mind.

    Not that I’m endorsing the movie, but the caricature is unfortunately apt.

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