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Civil casualties in Aleppo are sad but negligible

I just listened to a rant by Samantha Power, the current U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

Well, what a hateful woman – when it comes to anything that has a relationship with Russia. She has nothing to do with the America that we used to love and that was inspiring us. One of the reasons I would love Trump to win is that he could end this absolutely insane anti-Russian hysteria in the U.S. Among other things, he could help to fire this particular insufferable female talking head.

But it's not just Samantha Power. Boris Johnson talks about Russian war crimes in Syria while The Telegraph shocks us with the Aleppo horror. From that paper, you may learn what has actually happened.

In a hugely intense bombing of the anti-Assad forces in Aleppo, an operation masterminded by the Kremlin and Assad, "dozens" of civilians have been killed. That's sad. (Media close to the Kremlin dispute even these dozens of death but let me assume that these sad reports are true.) But is that unexpected? Is that a lot?

Saturday, September 24, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

Orbán wants to build a Hong Kong for Arabs and blacks in Libya

Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orbán keeps on presenting creative proposals that actually make sense.

Hungarian Prime Minister says EU should set up refugee city in Libya
He wants to grab a piece of land outside the EU – most specifically, he mentioned a place in Libya – and build a large enough camp that should host a really, really large number of migrants or self-described refugees. I chose the term "Hong Kong" because there could be a million people over there; the terms "Liberland" or "Dachau" look too small for Orbán's project.

Note that Hong Kong was liberated from the Japanese overlords in 1945 by a combination of Chinese and British troops. The latter players were enough to bring the place under the British control which meant a huge economic advantage. As previously negotiated, Hong Kong returned under the control of the People's Republic of China in 1997. So far, they haven't destroyed the place – because at least in the economic sense, the mainland China has largely embraced capitalism by itself.

NASA-sponsored article makes millions of Ophiuchus-born women hysterical

Every five years or so (see 2007 and 2011), I write a blog post about the 13rd zodiac sign, the Serpentarius (the Greek name Ophiuchus is preferred by many these days but not by me) – the wearer of the snakes – in which I was born, much like everyone whose birthday is between November 29th and December 17th or so (more dates).

Fall 2016 just began and it was inevitable that someone makes sure that this insight shocks millions of people, especially women. And it's here. See the recent Ophiuchus articles on Google News.

Europe has a chance to be "out" when Paris comes to force

The Paris agreement is a recent meaningless remake of the 1997 meaningless Kyoto treaty that, like the predecessor, tries to "fight against the climate change". Err once, err twice...

If you remember the Kyoto treaty, Al Gore signed it but the U.S. has never ratified it, and neither has Australia. Canada later withdrew from that pact. I think that the impact of this absence of the U.S. on the production of carbon dioxide – let alone the climate – was non-existent. In fact, the U.S. saw a greater decrease of "CO2 produced per dollar or capita" than the average Kyoto signatory. But because the U.S. stayed out, the American climate alarmists couldn't show their muscles as aggressively as their European counterparts.

Even though conservative Americans love to imagine that their nation is always more conservative than the European nations, I think that it doesn't apply to the current U.S. administration that is more left-wing than most European governments. This has many manifestations but one of them concerns the climate hysteria.

Friday, September 23, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

Media downgrade Roger Penrose to an invisible appendix of crank Lee Smolin

A week ago, Roger Penrose released his new book Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy. We already knew that he was writing a book of this name in 2009 and Penrose was actually giving lectures with this name in 2006 or earlier. So you may say that this book is something that Roger Penrose – and he's far from an average man – has been working on for something like one decade. Also, the book has almost 200 figures which are freely available.

I wrote the clearest description of the book that is now out in 2014. Is the demand for this product of a decade-long effort by a famous thinker appropriate? Before we turn to this question, let me remind you about the content of the book or the meaning of the words in the title.

The three words, fashion, faith, and fantasy, primarily refer to string theory, quantum mechanics, and inflation, respectively. Roger Penrose has some problems with all these three things – and others. So he invents slogans to dismiss all these three important theories. String theory is a bubble, quantum mechanics is a religious cult, and inflationary cosmology is a result of folks on drugs who see pink elephants around. (Penrose's explanations are less concise and less colorful than mine, he's no Motl.)

As I have discussed in previous blog posts, his negative opinions on all these three theories are fundamentally wrong.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

Thomson Reuters: Nobel for Cohen, LIGO 3, or control theory

We got used to the predictions of the Nobel prize winners by Thomson Reuters. The awards will be announced between October 3rd and 10th. The predictions are in the article

Web of Science Predicts 2016 Nobel Prize Winners
Let us spend less time with the disciplines different than physics.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

Nanopoulos' and pals' model is back to conquer the throne

Once upon a time, there was an evil witch-and-bitch named Cernette whose mass was \(750\GeV\) and who wanted to become the queen instead of the beloved king.

Fortunately, that witch-and-bitch has been killed and what we're experiencing is

The Return of the King: No-Scale \({\mathcal F}\)-\(SU(5)\),
Li, Maxin, and Nanopoulous point out. It's great news that the would-be \(750\GeV\) particle has been liquidated. They revisited the predictions of their class of F-theory-based, grand unified, no-scale models and found some consequences that they surprisingly couldn't have told us about in the previous 10 papers and that we should be happy about, anyway.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

Al Jazeera attempts a terrorist attack against the Czech gambling industry

"No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith," Winston Churchill famously pointed out.

We could have seen another example just five hours ago when Al Jazeera, a hybrid of written Mohammedanism and modern Western left-wing brainwashing outlets, picked a particular target, the Czech gambling industry:

Czech Republic: A dangerous gambling addiction
The author, an American living in Burma ($5,000 is the GDP per capita, PPP), described Czechia as a decaying society where 110,000 gamblers (over 1%) should probably be stored in a psychiatric asylum. (The number 110,000 was picked from some random government documents and compared with numbers from other governments – which obviously use completely different methods so he was comparing apples with oranges.)

He admitted that these industries were overregulated during communism (which doesn't mean that gambling was absent: the totto-lotto ["Sportka" existed during socialism] and betting on sports was alive and reasonably well ["Sazka" was the large company that did this business already during socialism], while avoiding the efficiency of capitalism) but he described the results of freedom in this business as catastrophic.

Slot machines, quizomats – machines that test the encyclopedic knowledge or IQ, betting on sports, and other things were all included in his picture of the Armageddon.

Czech presidents would pick Trump

There are various people in the Europe – and even in Czechia – who have endorsed Hillary Clinton for the U.S. president. Well, even though the late Václav Havel could be one of these people if he were around, the Czech presidents who are alive beg to differ.

President Emeritus Václav Klaus believes (and so do his aides) that Hillary's reign would be a continuation of the ongoing tragic drift towards the PC post-democracy. He thinks that Trump is a natural political animal who is currently playing the role of a campaigner and who will behave differently, more responsibly, once he sits in the White House. However, Klaus often says that "unfortunately, Hillary will probably win".

Well, I actually think that Trump's victory is more likely.

Today, the current Czech president Miloš Zeman, the founder of the modern social democracy in Czechia, was interviewed by iDNES TV and its boss Jaroslav Plesl, a journalist owned by the billionaire Andrej Babiš.

The first half of the 15-minute interview is dedicated to the Czech regional elections (in October 2016), the Czech economy, budget deficits etc. The elections are less important than the parliamentary elections. Those things are totally boring for 98% of TRF voters. Let me jump to the foreign policy questions.

Monday, September 19, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

Anti-string crackpots being emulated by a critic of macroeconomics

While only a few thousand people in the world – about one part per million – have some decent idea about what string theory is, the term "string theory" has undoubtedly penetrated the mass culture. The technical name of the theory of everything is being used to promote concerts, "string theory" is used in the title of books about tennis, and visual arts have lots of "string theory" in them, too.

But the penetration is so deep that even the self-evidently marginal figures such as the anti-string crackpots have inspired some followers in totally different parts of the human activity. In particular, five days ago, a man named Paul Romer wrote a 26-page-long rant named

The Trouble With Macroeconomics
See also and Power Line Blog for third parties' perspective.

If you think that the title is surprisingly similar to the title of a book against physics, "The Trouble With Physics", well, you are right. It's no coincidence. Building on the example of the notorious anti-physics jihadist named Lee Smolin, Paul Romer attacks most of macroeconomics and what it's been doing since the 1970s.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the Trumps

Most of the time, Hillary Clinton isn't working too hard to help the Trump campaign. In fact, sometimes it looks like she wants to harm Trump and maybe even return to the White House by the front entrance. But she has made an exception when she finally picked the anthem for the Trump campaign.

I had to listen to the song twice in order for me to find the melody catchy and thrice to almost safely remember it.

The anthem is a key music from "Les Deplorables" and it is called "When the Beating of Your Heart Echoes the Beating of the Drumpfs".

Friday, September 16, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

String theory lives its first, exciting life

Gross, Dijkgraaf mostly join the sources of deluded anti-string vitriol

Just like the Czech ex-president has said that the Left has definitively won the war against the Right for any foreseeable future, I think it's true that the haters of modern theoretical physics have definitively won the war for the newspapers and the bulk of the information sources.

The Quanta Magazine is funded by the Simons Foundation. Among the owners of the media addressing non-experts, Jim Simons is as close to the high-energy theoretical physics research community as you can get. But the journalists are independent etc. and the atmosphere among the physics writers is bad so no one could prevent the creation of an unfortunate text

The Strange Second Life of String Theory
by Ms K.C. Cole. The text is a mixed, and I would say mostly negative, package of various sentiments concerning the state of string theory. Using various words, the report about an alleged "failure of string theory" is repeated about 30 times in that article. It has become nearly mandatory for journalists to write this spectacular lie to basically every new popular text about string theory. Only journalists who have some morality avoid this lie – and there aren't too many.

Bratislava EU summit

A summit about the EU future takes place in the Slovak capital today. The location was determined by the ongoing Slovak EU presidency. Because they should focus on a "more distant" future, the British leaders will be absent for the first time. That's why the discussions on Brexit won't take place – or may turn out to be inconsequential.

Nominal EU President Donald Tusk urges a brutally honest assessment while the BBC is certain that the meeting will be a waste of time. Well, I also guess that they won't solve anything meaningfully but I still think that a meeting organized by the Slovak government has greater chances than those in Brussels and elsewhere. The Visegrád Group may present some reform plan for the EU (a "cultural counterrevolution") – a plan trying to make the EU less integrated, among other things. We will see whether a unified V4 voice exists and has a chance to be heard. Czech PM Sobotka would like to focus the summit on the "fight against illegal immigration and terrorism".

The Slovak presidential palace

In the morning, delegations arrive to the Bratislava Castle. The folks should talk for some two or three hours over there. The Slovak government insisted on a different arrangement than the talks in Brussels usually have; that includes some small rooms for discussions of couples or small groups. I surely think it's a good idea for the Slovaks – and other individual organizers – to bring some of their own approach. They also emphasize that the participants will be served proper Slovak wine instead of some French plonk. :-)

Thursday, September 15, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

Noncommutativity and observer dependence of QM are morally equivalent

I want to add a playful "research" twist to my explanations of the foundations of quantum mechanics.

In many blog posts, I argued that the need to express the facts about Nature relatively to an observer – the "subjective" character of knowledge – is a defining property of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is the only known consistent framework that makes it impossible to assume (like classical physics did) that all observations may be derived as consequences of some shared objective data (data independent of an observer). This property of quantum mechanics will be referred to as its observer dependence.

However, most recently 2 weeks ago, I also argued that all novelties of quantum mechanics may be reduced to the nonzero commutators. After all, Planck's constant \(\hbar\) is the constant that is approximated by \(\hbar=0\) in classical physics (or the classical limits of quantum theory) which means that it quantifies the deviations from classical physics. At the same moment, all commutators of observables that exist classically as well as quantum mechanically are proportional to \(\hbar\) in the quantum theory. The nonzero commutators are equivalent to what we will call noncommutativity of quantum mechanics.

OK, these seem like two different "defining" principles of quantum mechanics. Which of them is right? Needless to say, you may say that both principles are right and must be embraced to construct the correct framework. However, I will try to defend a prettier statement. These two principles aren't really independent. To some extent, they are equivalent!

Sarkozy is a climate skeptic brought us some surprising news:

Sarkozy comes out of the closet as a climate skeptic
Between 2007 and 2012, Sarkozy was the president of France and we could often see him as a member of a powerful European couple along with Angela Merkel. I think that during Sarkozy's times, France was viewed as a more important part of the couple than it is now. The effect of a switch to Sarkozy seems self-evident – although some unspectacular evolution of the French economy relatively to the German one could have contributed, too.

His fresh statements to AFP make it clear that he is no lukewarmer.
Climate has been changing for four billion years. Sahara has become a desert, it isn’t because of industry. You need to be as arrogant as men are to believe we changed the climate.
Yup, if you are as non-arrogant as women are :-), except for Catherine Hayhoe or the Latin American female crackpot on top of the UNFCCC whose name I have forgotten (update: something like Figueres), you know that global warming is a pile of šit.

He seems to be as skeptical as you or me. The climate has been changing for quite some time. And desertification of Sahara – which, by the way, I also consider a vastly bigger issue than the change of the global temperature by a degree – wasn't caused by men.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 ... Français/Deutsch/Español/Česky/Japanese/Related posts from blogosphere

An interview with Václav Klaus

About the final victory of the Left, redefinition of the main political themes, Merkelism, and U.S. elections

An interview with the Czech ex-president was recorded by PragueTV less than two weeks ago and I found it interesting enough to translate those 23 minutes for you.

See the original "Prague Café" interview, a video in Czech.

Moderator, Petr Žantovský:

Welcome to the Prague Café. Today, we have moved the program to slightly atypical spaces, namely those of the Institute of Václav Klaus. The reason is simple. Our guest today is the former president Václav Klaus. Good afternoon.


Good afternoon. Well, I just hope that you haven't brought the spirit of the Prague Café [=PC intellectual elites of Prague] into these sacred spaces of our institute.

A new paper ruling out many non-local realist theories

As explained 893 times on this blog, quantum mechanics has replaced, refused, and retired a basic assumption of classical physics, realism, while it has kept the principles of relativity, the Lorentz invariance, and the locality that follows from them.

So we have theories of nearly everything – quantum field theories – and a likely theory of everything – string theory – that predict that the behavior of physics objects in the Minkowski space is perfectly local and Lorentz-invariant but the required correct description cannot be realist. Instead, quantum mechanics is a set of laws of Nature that must be applied on a set of intrinsically subjective observations by an observer – and the precise description of a process generally does depend on whom we consider an observer and what are his observations, on answers that must be given and "inserted" to the quantum mechanical black box before the final calculations of quantum mechanics are made.

Quantum mechanics has been disputed by folks like Einstein, de Broglie, and Schrödinger from the beginning. However, the particular set of facts in the previous two paragraphs began to be obfuscated with the works of John Bell who proved a correct theorem – but started to draw completely incorrect consequences out of it and encouraged many other people to do the same.

The theorem shows that "local realist theories" cannot agree with the observations because those sometimes show greater correlations than the correlations obeying Bell's inequalities, an inevitable consequence of "local realist theories". So far so good. But Bell incorrectly suggested – and many mindless, totally deluded people repeated – that the resolution is that the world is realist but non-local.

A great scholarly talk on history of PC

I thought that because of my Soviet bloc background, years at Harvard, and many years I dedicated to this issue, I knew a lot about the PC, its history, its genesis etc. So I couldn't learn anything really new, right? Today, I was led to the four-months-old talk by

Stephanie Maier from Americans for Prosperity: The Sordid History of Political Correctness
and it was an eye-opener. (Hat tip: Ron Paul.)