Archive | April, 2015

The Spooky Social Network of Cats

kitty-litterCats have always had a social network in plain sight. Humans have never penetrated its content. It might well contain the key to the never-addressed question, “What is that Cat Thinking Now?”

The network, though it has always been in place, works on principles of quantum physics that were considered theoretical until last month, when they were finally observed.

Called “quantum entanglement”, it involves photons, particles of energy that are members of the Standard Model (the ultimate building blocks of the universe, the stuff subatomic particles – protons, neutrons and electrons – are made of).

Photons,usually thought of as “particles of light”, are more properly packages of energy that have no mass but do have momentum and direction. Photons are exchanged (given off or received) by the nucleii of all atoms undergoing chemical interaction. Once photons become entangled (with other photons), they become linked pairs, and changes in one photon appear immediately in the other, no matter how far distant they might be from each other. Feet, miles, or light years are irrelevant. The changes are instantaneous, implying they are the result of conditions inherent in the photons themselves rather than the result of transmissions.

Einstein called quantum entanglement “spooky action at a distance.” He could not explain it; once it was observed, he also could not deny it was real. Therefore, he used it to “unvalidate” quantum physics as an actual science, as long as he could.

Though it has long been accepted that cats scratch in their sandboxes for reasons other than the disposition of their poop and pee, no one had put forward a theory as to that purpose. Never has there been any speculation that cats have language. However, a recently completed comprehensive survey of the life of pussycats confirmed that the scratching cats do in their sandboxes depict linguistic characters, figures between letters and hieroglyphs that represent sounds and thoughts, and that they appear on the surfaces of other sandboxes. some thousands of miles apart, on the other side of the planet.

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Bigotry, Take 5

Left: Mike Pence, current governor of Indiana. Right: Lester Maddox, former Governor of Georgia and former restauranteur who refused service to black Georgia Tech students., threatening to beat them with ax-handles.

Left: Mike Pence, current governor of Indiana. Right: Lester Maddox, former Governor of Georgia. Evidence of the tragedy that can follow the denial of herring to children.

If I revise this post a fifth time, I may well start it with this paragraph rather than the seven preceding it.They were wasted,I finally discover, spending energy on The Red Herring here. Religion is The Great Herring. It is stinky, which excites the dogs. It glitters, yet it is cheap. The fishermen throw herrings away, they are so cheap, they aren’t worth the effort to haul them to market.

I happen to like herring. Commercially, usually, it is pickled, or soaked in wine, or in sour cream with onions. I happen to adoooore it. Creamed herring, I can eat an entire black bread, covered with as much as you can find. And the tender little matjes herring filets … but here I am, carried away yet again by herring, Such fun, the herring is.

You see! A man like me can get so entangled with herring, have so much fun that he completely forgets the business at hand. Almost as if I had leapt over the side of the fisherman’s little boat to frolic with the herring, diving and dancing in the water until I was completely caught up in the net, my cheeks and lips blue with the cold, my fingers and toes blue from being tangled in the net, circulation cut off by the tightening loops until completely interwoven into the fine cords and had to be cut out. This can lead to harsh words between me and the Captain that could only be resolved by a case of dark beer, two black breads, a stew, and my staying up all night to mend the net before the next dawn’s fishing.

[I must go to the store, get some herring and eat it…] Aaauugghhhh!

The Business At Hand is BIGOTRY, ladies and gentlemen. Straight out, prejudiced BIGOTRY. This fast talking Midwestern country slicker can’t spin fast enough to get the gooseshit off him. He’s a BIGOTED shithead. His buddies include people who BELIEVE homosexuality is a curable disease, who BELIEVE they themselves and their children have something to fear from contact with homosexuals, and they want to jam their twisted BELIEFS down everybody’s throats.

Don’t buy into it. This has to do with twisted BELIEFS, not RELIGION, and most certainly not the Word nor the Spirit of the Lord.

These poor bastards have to turn another cheek before they can get a ham sandwich? Give me a break. Remember, it was the Old Testament God who demanded death for religious transgression. And though there are dire things said about ‘spilling seed on the ground’, etc, there’s nothing forbidding love of any sort anywhere in the Bible.

Now, I gotta get that herring!

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More Bigotry, Different Name

Left: Mike Pence, current governor of Indiana. Right: Lester Maddox, former Governor of Georgia and former restauranteur who refused service to black Georgia Tech students., threatening to beat them with ax-handles.

Left: Mike Pence, current governor of Indiana. Right: Lester Maddox, former Governor of Georgia and former restauranteur who refused service to black Georgia Tech students., threatening to beat them with ax-handles.

What? This again?

If Jesus is your God, the United States doesn’t care. If Allah is your God, the same. If your God can’t be named aloud, or if your God can be seen, heard, have his hand shaken and appear in your selfie with you, the United States just doesn’t care. That’s what life is like in a secular, non-sectarian state.

If you don’t like it. go back where you came from, God damn it. There’s plenty of nations that are ruled by God. Knock yourself out.

If an order of nuns runs a motel in a state that does not forbid unmarried couples to share a room, and an unmarried couple comes to check in, the nuns can’t refuse them use of the room without violating their civil rights. NO MATTER HOW FUCKING UNCOMFORTABLE THE NUNS ARE WITH IT. If the nuns insist on refusing the couple use of the room, they will have to GET OUT OF THE MOTEL BUSINESS. And, if there is a state that forbids unmarried people from sharing a motel room and I hear about it, I will not stop hollering until that state repeals that law.

A Kosher deli will not serve you a ham&cheese sandwich. They will not offer it to anyone. They are not required to serve everything there is to eat. However, they are required to serve everyone who orders food, because they are in the business of serving food..

How confusing is this? Never mind national law. Has the Governor of Indiana even looked at his own State’s “Bill of Rights”?

Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 deal with the freedom to worship according to one’s own conscience:”… no law shall control religious opinions”; and that “no preference shall be given by law” to any creed, which it would be if certain business owners were allowed to withold services from patrons without police action.

Does this New&Improved legislation define refusal of food, lodging, and services as worship or as the pursuit of happiness? I do not deny that bigots living in Indiana are entitled to the protection afforded all citizens. That does not entitle those bigots to act out their malignant nightmares on other people.

By the way, the laws of this country are required to protect its citizens, not threaten them. Okay?

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