reconciling relativity and quantum mechanics, italian sea cliffs wallpaper, don’t poke with your idolatry

TPM wrote up this story the other day – Conservapedia: E=mc2 Is A Liberal Conspiracy

In the entry, “Counterexamples to Relativity,” the authors (including Schlafly) write:

The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world.[1]

It is just plain rude to attribute a conspiracy theory to someone and get the details of the alleged conspiracy wrong. As a scientific matter special relativity has presented a conundrum for quite a while. Quantum mechanics has found special relativity works well on a large scale, like dare I say, heavenly bodies – such as the earth and the sun. Yet at very small distances relativity cannot account for quantum fluctuations of space-time. My membership in the Liberal Conspiracy and Hippie-Hippie Shake Society was canceled after a dust-up over the best Grateful Dead concert ever, but last I heard they were aware of this conflict between two physical theories. Special relativity isn’t dead. If it is a contest between theories, special relativity is harder to get rid of than a room full of conservatives revising history. Rethinking Einstein: The end of space-time

So Horava did the unthinkable and amended Einstein’s equations in a way that removed Lorentz symmetry. To his delight, this led to a set of equations that describe gravity in the same quantum framework as the other fundamental forces of nature: gravity emerges as the attractive force due to quantum particles called gravitons, in much the same way that the electromagnetic force is carried by photons. He also made another serious change to general relativity. Einstein’s theory does not have a preferred direction for time, from the past to the future. But the universe as we observe it seems to evolve that way. So Horava gave time a preferred direction (Physical Review D, vol 79, p 084008).

With these modifications in place, he found that quantum field theories could now describe gravity at microscopic scales without producing the nonsensical results that plagued earlier attempts. “All of a sudden, you have new ingredients for modifying the behaviour of gravity at very short distances,” Horava says.

Using Horvava’s tweaks there is simply scientific news, a small step toward a better understanding of space-time ( even at black holes), but some symbolic good news for Conservapedia. There might be less Dark matter in the universe than previously thought. Though there still appears to be the same amount of Dark energy. Conservapedia also has a problem with “action at a distance”. This is where one object is affected by another at a distance without any apparent physical connection. While one cannot see gravity or magnetism per se, unlike ghosts and spirits, they are measurable. According to Einstein, as of today he still appears to be correct in the general; matter acts on space-time geometry and space-time geometry acts upon matter.  Doesn’t matter according to Conserv, only Jesus can perform magic like “action at a distance” and learning how the universe works leads to less Bible reading. It is known that jamming the Bible into your ear at sub light speeds causes brain damage.

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In pop candy news, Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos). She is cute and the skit was cute, but it was a fake. Didn’t even take much homework to find out. Actress Elyse Porterfield’s FaceBook page is here. She could definitely pass for Angelina Jolie’s sister.

This gentleman no doubt means well, but he’s not really doing women or men any favors – Why It Is Wise to Worship a Woman

I’m not a big believer of the worship of statues, but there’s a beautiful symbolism to what I saw there, because a woman’s heart is just like that. At the essence of every woman’s heart is the divine feminine. It contains everything that has ever been beautiful, or lovely, or inspiring, in any woman, anywhere, at any time. The very essence of every woman’s heart is the peak of wisdom, the peak of inspiration, the peak of sexual desirability, the peak of soothing, healing love. The peak of everything. But it’s protected, for good reason, by a series of concentric walls. To move inwardly from one wall to the next requires that you intensify your capacity to devotion, and as you do so, you are rewarded with Grace. This is not something you can negotiate verbally with a woman. She doesn’t even know consciously how to open those gates herself. They are opened magically and invisibly by the keys of worship.

Worship is problematic at best, a burden on the worshiper and the worshiped. This is where I really should get around to signing up for that poll widget in WordPress. What percentage of you see the above paragraph as something you would like to be the object of and how many see it as veering awfully close to something you would get in a an e-mail from a stalker – “The very essence of every woman’s heart is the peak of wisdom, the peak of inspiration, the peak of sexual desirability.”

It’s difficult to convince people who get a few extra cents in their pocket from one source does not mean they are that many cents ahead – a few dollars in the hand versus the bush as it were. Tax Cuts: Myths and Realities

Myth 3: The economy has grown strongly over the past several years because of the tax cuts.

“The main reason for our growing economy is that we cut taxes and left more money in the hands of families and workers and small business owners.”  — President Bush, November 4, 2006
Reality:  The 2001-2007 economic expansion was sub-par overall, and job and wage growth were anemic.

Members of the Administration routinely tout statistics regarding recent economic growth, then credit the President’s tax cuts with what they portray as a stellar economic performance.  But as a general rule, it is difficult or impossible to infer the effect of a given tax cut from looking at a few years of economic data, simply because so many factors other than tax policy influence the economy.  What the data do show clearly is that, despite major tax cuts in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006, the economy’s performance between 2001 and 2007 was from stellar.

Growth rates of GDP, investment, and other key economic indicators during the 2001-2007 expansion were below the average for other post-World War II economic expansions (see Figure 2).  Growth in wages and salaries and non-residential investment was particularly slow relative to previous expansions, and, while the Administration boasts of its record on jobs, employment growth was weaker in the 2001-2007 period than in any previous post-World War II expansion.  (http://www.cbpp.org/8-9-05bud.htm)

Median income among working-age households, meanwhile, fell during the expansion.  Census data show that among households headed by someone under age 65, median income in 2006, adjusted for inflation, was $1,300 below its level during the 2001 recession. Similarly, the poverty rate and the share of Americans lacking health insurance were higher in 2006 than during the recession.  (http://www.cbpp.org/8-28-07pov.htm)

According to some polls we might be headed back to economic policies trading income growth, services and opportunities for advancement for retaining the few cents.

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