mike huckabee’s broken moral compass, spinning top wallpaper, memories add up to what defines us

Huckabee Says Connecticut School Massacre Occurred Because We ‘Removed God From Our Schools’

HUCKABEE: Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing. We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability? That we’re not just going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand before a Holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that.

Mr. Huckabee seems unaware of the reality of the tremendous freedoms students have to exercise their religion. They can pray before school with their families. They can pray at school, but not in an organized prayer by the school because that is a violation of the 1st amendment. He seems to imply that those children died because they violated Huckabee’s idea or concept of how schools should be conducted. Everyone of those children may have been religious. Certainly their parents talked to them about right and wrong. To suggest otherwise is an egregious slander against the parents. Teachers also teach kids about responsibility all through the primary and secondary education years. Discipline issues frequently end up with even more talks about acceptable behavior from schools administrators, with parents a part of those meetings. Huckabee seems to have a mental picture of public schools, children and parents of those children is detached from reality. His zealotry a wall over which he cannot see.

By implication Huckabee has brought up the Christian concept of free will. Huckabee is a Protestant. Protestants believe that God gives everyone the right to choose to accept the teachings of God and Jesus. The children were not allowed to exercise their free will and yet the God Huckabee believes in not intervene to protect the rights of those children.Christians such as Huckabee also believe, simultaneously with the concept of freewill that everything that happens in the universe is part of God’s will. That implies a vengeful or uncaring God that let’s children be terrorized and murdered.

Also according to any of the major denominations of Protestantism, if the murderer makes contrition and accepts Jesus as his savior, he will be forgiven and be given eternal life in Heaven. Huckabee is also thus implying that those children may or may not be allowed into heaven because “we’ve systematically removed God” from schools. Which clearly means that he believes none of the children or adults that were murdered had accepted Jesus as their savior. That brings up some differences in the concept of responsibility between those who tend towards rationalism and Minister Huckabee’s world view. By claiming that the religious practices or lack of, of the victims is shifting blame for their deaths away from the murderer. That seems like a point of view that many Americans would find deeply immoral, irresponsible or otherwise offensive. Maybe this is part of the greatness of the U.S., the Constitution and religious freedom. Minister Huckabee can shift blame to the victims, their parents and the school system, instead of the perpetrator and he will not be tarred and feathered, he will not be stoned to death or burned at the stake for expressing  malevolent thoughts about a national tragedy.

Let’s assume Minister Huckabee’s point of view for moment with a mental exercise. Let’s assume that all the children, adults and parents were atheists. Does that mean that they deserve to suffer the loss of their children. In terms of pure religious doctrine Huckabee has embraced certain moral dogma that does justify his point of view: Whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 2 Chronicles 15:13 and He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:    16. Thus the ten commandments which Huckabee believes in has some fine print with exceptions for the thou shall not kill rule when it involves non-believers. So little wonder that Huckabee is less outraged by the murders themselves than he is with the mere possibility that the children, their parents or the school system might have beliefs that differ from his. A point of view he shares in general concept with American Puritan Cotton Mather of witch trail fame, the Taliban and Iran’s fundamentalist mullahs.

update: rewrote parts for clarity and grammar.

spinning top, toys, orange

spinning top wallpaper

workers taking a break in the snow

workers taking a break in the snow. copyright corbis.

How Michigan’s Right-To-Work Law Came to Be. Amazing how much outside groups like the Koch brothers, ALEC and Grover Norquist had to do with lowering the average pay of a Michigan workers.

street vendor, new york, circa 1900

street vendor, new york, circa 1900.

New research builds on the original ideas of Einstein and adds a new ingredient: a third entangled particle

In 1935 Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen, known jointly as EPR, published a thought experiment designed to show that quantum mechanics was not sufficient to describe reality. EPR tried to demonstrate, with two entangled particles, that there must be some hidden parameters not accounted for in quantum mechanics theory. John Bell would later follow EPR’s arguments and determine that the hidden parameters that EPR argued for were incompatible with observations of nature, leaving the mystery of quantum mechanics intact. Today, the entanglement of two particles as first proposed by EPR, is a valuable resource in emerging quantum technologies like quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and quantum precision measurements.

Seventy-seven years after EPR’s landmark work, researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and at the University of Calgary have experimentally extended the original ideas of Einstein and his colleagues from two to three entangled particles. This new form of three-particle entanglement, based on the position and momentum properties of photons, may prove to be a part of future communications networks that operate on the rules of quantum mechanics and could lead to new fundamental tests of quantum theory that deepen our understanding of the world around us.

As described in their paper published in Nature Physics, the researchers created quantum correlations between three photons from a single input photon. “It is exciting, after all this time, to be able to create, control, and entangle quantum particles in this new way,” says group leader Thomas Jennewein. “Using these states of light it may be possible to interact with and entangle distant quantum computer memories based on exotic atomic gases.” Unlike classical particles, quantum particles work together as opposed to individually. The creation of three entangled particles could lead to new advances in quantum devices development.

Nothing like being rudely booted out of your comfort zone. I had become used to two entanglements. I could imagine them. Whether my imagination did the concept justice might be debatable.

I didn’t especially like this essay as a whole, though it does have an interesting perspective. That must constitute some kind of strange entanglement, Proustian Memory and The Palest Ink

This seems not only sensible, but desirable. As Heidegger said, in Being and Time, “Forgetting is not nothing, nor is it just a failure to remember; it is rather a ‘positive’ ecstatic mode of one’s having been, a mode with a character of its own.” Proustian memory, not the palest ink, should be the ideal we are building into our technology; not what memory recalls, but what it evokes. The palest ink tells us what we’ve done or where we’ve been, but not who we are.

I admit to a strong anti-Heidegger bias, but in terms of the science of memory, forgetting serves some useful psychological and neurological functions. That said we do retain a lot of memories. They too serve a purpose. Contrary to that author’s take, our memories and experiences are a major part of the sum of who we are. he could only make, or attempt to make an evaluation of how important his lost data, his lost memories are, based on values built on a foundation of memory.