Saturday, December 28, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

My grandma is... an old environmental pig?

Happy New Year MMXX!

Just like in the 1930s when the German Nazis were getting increasingly self-confident and brutal in their behavior, many of us in Czechia are increasingly worried about the evolution of the public mood in West Germany and other countries in the geographic West. We are watching these developments from the perspective of our relative – perhaps temporary – safety.

The Czech President Mr Miloš Zeman dedicated most of his traditional annual Christmas speech to the climate hysteria. He labeled himself a climate heretic, mentioned the climate change in recent billions of years, and recommended people to think for themselves instead of listening to false prophets. Yes, some EU-funded pseudoscientific institute's director immediately attacked the president.

Things are very different in the West and the Christmas speech could be physically impossible to be delivered in Germany and other countries.

First, I was sent a 47-minute long "Nobel Minds 2019" dialogue that took place in the Stockholm stock exchange on December 17th. A manipulative Sudenese British female BBC talking head was the host and she was directing the physics, chemistry, economics... Nobel Prize winners towards a hardcore radical alarmism.

They started to discuss the climate around 25:00. All of them were unhinged alarmists – it's incredible how many Nobel Prize winners who have deteriorated into mindless warts on Greta Thunberg's rectum you may find today – and Jim Peebles who won the latest physics Nobel prize (for his big contributions to the Big Bang; along with two exoplanet folks) started to speak around 31:00.

OK, so he said we shouldn't overstate the alarm. The system was very complicated etc.

Friday, December 27, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Home Alone: With Donald Trump

Home Alone is one of the typical Christmas films on TV – in Czechia but apparently also in Canada. Canada's leading TV channel CBC has censored a scene with Donald Trump in Home Alone 2.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Huge machine learning conference renamed by NPCs

Merry Christmas (or Chanukah), everybody!

Last month, I missed this new tragicomic story about the NPCs' banning activity. Since 1987, there has been a huge conference of machine learning every December which was called NIPS and recently had over 2,000 participants.

During the decades, the N in the name – which stands for "neural" – was becoming inappropriate because "Kernel", "Bayesian", and "Deep" seemed like better adjectives. A few years ago, some NPCs – NPCs who are more sensitive than nipples – have noticed that NIPS is somewhat close to "nipples". It has also been a slur for the Japs.

Sunday, December 22, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Gr@tins want to ban asthma inhalers

A goal is to turn 300 million lives into hell in order to cool the globe by 0.003 °C per century

Climate alarmists have grown into one of the fanaticized movements that are most dangerous for mankind today – and perhaps the #1 danger for the civilization. They would not only love to ban King Coal, the most intelligent source of energy. They want to turn the people of the world into vegetarians and fags. They want to ban lots of other things that "cause the global warming". They want to strip everybody of his or her basic freedoms and civil rights, too.

Hours ago, some Czechs who follow these topics were stunned by an article in which is just a more hardcore rewriting of a 2-month-old BBC story

Asthma carbon footprint 'as big as eating meat'
Not only the meat eaters should feel guilty. So should the asthma sufferers. You may find more or less radical versions of similar articles that encourage the asthma sufferers to abandon their usual treatment.

Saturday, December 21, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Cosmic technological selection

An important person who wants to stay anonymous sent me an amusing, one-week-old physics.pop-ph preprint by Jeffrey M. Shainline, a photonics-chip guy

Does Cosmological Evolution Select for Technology? (PDF)
that offers the readers an even bolder modification of the Cosmic Natural Selection, a meme by Lee Smolin, a self-described seer who will forever be deeply grateful to Jeffrey Epstein for the unexpected and generous funding of the ludicrous anti-string-theory crusade.

Friday, December 20, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Trump may make federally funded science instantly accessible for free

Willie Soon just sent me this report that should be seen as amusingly surprising if not ironic:

Trump might help free science that’s locked behind paywalls
In the 1990s, when the fanatical leftists weren't big players yet, Democrats at universities – people like Paul Ginsparg or my adviser Tom Banks – worried about different things than the hate speech revolving around the 42nd gender, the right to say Trans Bat Woman cannot marry Queer Superman, and other fascinating things that rule the contemporary leftist minds.

Instead, they were dissatisfied that journals such as Nuclear Physics and other journals owned by Elsevier and perhaps others excessively rich publishers were selling the results of scientists' efforts for too much money. Science was inaccessible to African universities who couldn't buy the copies or licenses for those Elsevier and similar journals.

This paywall was making it much harder for peasants in the Republic of Mali to write papers about the heterotic matrix models.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Stringy canonical forms

There are two new hep-th papers co-authored by Nima Arkani-Hamed today, a long one and a short one:

Stringy Canonical Forms by Nima+He+Lam, 59 pages,

Non-perturbative geometries for planar \(\NNN=4\) SYM amplitudes by Nima+Lam+Spradlin, 8 pages
They continue to elaborate upon deep links between the post-twistor ways to rewrite the scattering amplitudes in the maximally supersymmetric gauge theory in \(d=4\) using the amplituhedrons and similar polytopes and similar geometric notions; and the deep mathematics, especially one found in string theory.

The short paper is an application of the long one that addresses the \(G(4,n)\) cluster algebra whose links to \(n\)-particle scattering amplitudes to the gauge theory have looked clear to exist for some time but the link was never articulated too comprehensively.

Impeachment: leftists are those who lower the quality of everything

Leftists degrade, inflate, poison, distort, devour, and abuse all things that they touch

It was disappointing to watch the impeachment proceedings. The Democratic Party clearly didn't have any arguments against Donald Trump, let alone evidence of crimes, let alone evidence of high crimes, let alone overwhelmingly clear evidence of high crimes, as they previously planned. Instead, the charade was driven by their hatred for the U.S. president.

At the end, the president was "impeached" – which means charged – on two charges. Whether he is removed will be decided by the "judges", the Senate, and the expectation is "no" given a clear Republican majority there. In the House, some 3 male Democrats voted "no" while the only presidential candidate in the House, Tulsi Gabbard, voted "present" i.e. "abstain". She has restored some credit with me. She needed courage to separate herself from the angry mob – but courage doesn't mean suicidal behavior so she wisely left the building through the GOP door LOL.

While watching this pathetic farce, I was led to realize that the leftists may be pretty much defined as the people who fight to lower the quality of everything. It's not a groundbreaking discovery and I was vaguely summarizing the political Left in this way already when I was a teenager. But there was some hiatus – for one or two decades – when I didn't realize this fact as clearly as I do now.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Nature's shocking "top ten" scientists

Fer137 has told us about an incredible list published at Nature

Nature's 10.
which is supposed to enumerate the most influential people in science of the year. As Alex correctly said, Nature basically became a new brand of toilet paper. How will they compare to Presto!?

Well, there have been numerous indications of this "evolution of purpose" of that journal but now they have jumped the shark, indeed.

Monday, December 16, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

String lamppost principle: rank above 22 is forbidden

The first hep-th paper today (posted at 19:00:03 UTC) is the result

Four Dimensional \(\NNN=4\) SYM and the Swampland
by Cumrun Vafa and Houri-Christina Tarazi (Harvard) and Hee-Cheol Kim (Pohang, Korea). Note that there are no European surnames here – and in much of interesting research.

The general principle promoted by this paper is the "string lamppost principle" or SLP. That's simply the statement that the string landscape – the set of vacua and their excitations constructed by all the well-known string methods – enumerate all consistent situations and theories in quantum gravity.

In other words, string theory isn't a proper subset of the consistent quantum gravity – but the very same thing.

Sunday, December 15, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Deutsche Bahn seated Greta to a first-class coupé

I actually find it amusing that Greta Thunberg has been found to become the personification of evil. We may follow her every day and see the answer to the question "what did evil do today?".

On Friday 13th, she participated at the Fridays for Future events in Turin, Italy. She said that We will make sure that we put them against the wall – "they" were the world politicians – and they will have to do their job and protect our (Greta's and comrades') futures. Greta later apologized for these Gestapo-like plans, claiming that the comment was too straightforward a translation of a Swedish idiom.

She also announced to take a Christmas break from activism – I suppose that she can fly to some nice destination during the break.

ASUS TUF is pretty good

If you're using a Windows notebook that is several years old, e.g. eight years old, you can underestimate how much progress has occurred when it comes to performance. Yes, Moore's law almost stopped if you just look at the numbers. Chipmakers are approaching the 5 nm technology which could really be the last one as we're getting close to the atomic scale and the unavoidable quantum tunneling kicks in there.

Eight years ago, we were mostly buying laptops with 4 GB and now you really need 8 GB. The frequencies of microprocessors look almost the same and so do the display resolutions – I updated from 1600 x 900 to 1920 x 1080 and it's probably the most common update.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Sydney: most economics college freshmen can't calculate 4%, don't know a decimal point

So mathematics content is being dropped, making things worse

The collapsing quality of education with beef – especially subjects like mathematics – is sometimes discussed on this blog. Peter F. sent me a real beauty (well, a report that is more terrifying than a vampire) that was published yesterday:

Most first-year university students can't do Year 5 maths - leading professors to drop the subject from business degrees (The Daily Mail)
The original Australian article is mostly hidden behind a paywall.

The core of the new Finnish social democratic government

At any rate, there was a survey in Sydney, Australia. The first-year students who focus on economics, accounting, and chemistry were tested when it comes to their knowledge of mathematics for the fifth-grader. Are you smarter than a fifth-grader?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Preskill actually abandoned "quantum supremacy" because of the nut jobs from Nature

Cowardliness and opportunism may be limitless

In the morning, Peter told us about an incredible piece of "correspondence" published by Nature yesterday:

Supremacy is for racists — use ‘quantum advantage’
Three inkspillers plus 13 co-signatories have exclaimed that "quantum supremacy" (the ability of quantum computers to solve tasks unsolvable by "contemporary" classical computers in realistic time frames, or the period when this ability exists; and "approximately now", that epoch is getting started) – a scientific phrase that has appeared in 1590 papers so far – should be left to violent neocolonialists and racists and everyone else should use another term.

They randomly chose "quantum advantage".

That's an inappropriate term because it doesn't convey the qualitative "tipping point" character of the transition. Whether the Google's 53-qubit quantum computer is already stronger than its classical counterpart for some special task is disputed – largely because of the details such as "what is exactly a counterpart" and "how much time we should give to the classical ones" – but a relatively small, few-qubit improvement of the quantum computer is clearly enough to make the superiority of the quantum computers self-evident by adding several orders of magnitude to the speed ratio.

€100 billion isn't enough to make Visegrád carbon-neutral

€3 trillion is the Czech government's estimate what the 3 Central European countries need to be paid

I sincerely hope that tomorrow, on Thursday, Czech PM will prove that he is the "persistent beast" (or "fierce horsefly") he claims to be ("urputné hovado", is that from some movie? I have some deja vu feelings), will steal the childhood from tens of millions of brainwashed spoiled brats, and will present his offer to heavily spank all of them with his own persistent hand.

Meanwhile, it's Wednesday and the EU has presented its new gr@tinist plans, see e.g. The Guardian. Ms Uršula Leyen, a "lady" who claims to be the main leader of Europe although no nation has ever chosen her, has claimed that her new wave of unhinged alarmist lies and arbitrary suicidal plans for the continent are equivalent to "putting the man on the Moon". Her modesty is always appreciated.

At least, her European Commission could have placed a woman on the Moon, to beat Americans for the first time. But she forgot about the European women and their vacuum cleaners exactly when it was needed. ;-)

Some intellectual debates in Prague

Your humble correspondent has skipped the December 2018 and June 2019 events of the Klaus Institute – for a combination of reasons which I didn't want to emphasize. But after a delay, most of it may be declassified. The most important reason was that I felt that the folks were significantly more supportive of PM Babiš than I was (and in particular, I didn't want to be surprised and e.g. meet Babiš and be expected to be his fan LOL).

Now this difference seems very small to me again (especially because I enthusiastically expect Babiš to veto the EU carbon neutrality by 2050 on Thursday – today, on Wednesday, the EU will hype its EU New Green Deal) which is why the main excuse not to go to Prague disappeared.

OK, we had some good food and beverages in an Old Town Square café (Café Mozart) – funded not by Petr Kellner as I have thought for years but by Václav Petr, I hope that I remembered the name of the sponsor correctly – and aside from (some nice friendly encounters with others and) an old Czech Canadian geophysicist P.V., former minister and economist K.D., and Mr Jakl, two mayors of Prague were the most interesting people to chat with.

In particular, the ex-mayor (and former ambassador to Austria) who was trained as a solid state physicist and still does related things within the Academia has become a buddy of mine at those events. Of course I think he is a wise and nice guy – and the degree of understanding is probably understandable due to the intersection of the scientific and political backgrounds.

Monday, December 09, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Black women and evolution of the anti-string movement in the post-Epstein era

Late Jeffrey Epstein was the main father of the ludicrous anti-string-theory movement. While blackmailing American politicians – some people say that Epstein worked for Israel – he wanted a proof that with some money, he could also change the scientists' discourse.

He found someone who can be easily bought, that someone was offered to be paid for pushing science in any direction he wanted, that someone wrote a notorious anti-science book, and he will always be deeply grateful to Jeffrey Epstein for his "unexpected and generous" donation. (My understanding of the sentences is that this gratitude must continue after Epstein's death, too.) And we would have to speculate if we wanted to say something about the other or main reasons that turned this possible "unexpected and generous" donation to reality – what else was going on in between these two men.

Sunday, December 08, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

RSS AMSU: acceleration of global warming is mostly negative

OK, the New York Times published a hysterical article about the alleged acceleration of global warming and Kip Hansen (quite a surname for a skeptic!) wrote a response at Anthony Watts' blog. To add a third hyperlink, Grant Foster didn't like it so he published a rant titled How Deniers Deny.


Whether the noisy weather data for the global mean temperature include a clear enough "linear trend" – the global warming itself – is already a bit uncertain. Especially the question whether this apparent increase is more than a fluke is uncertain. However whether the quadratic coefficient of a nonlinear model fit is nonzero (and whether it's positive or negative if it is nonzero) is even more uncertain.

Saturday, December 07, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Tenure denied to a PC candidate, Harvard grad students go on strike

Especially in recent years, dozens if not hundreds of TRF blog posts were dedicated to disturbing and sometimes heartbreaking stories about people who have been attacked, blackmailed, threatened, fired, character assassinated, and professionally liquidated by immoral, fanatical, intellectually handicapped neo-Marxists and neo-Stalinists. This kind of ideological filtering is already more brutal than what Nazi Germany used to do – but it's just one side of the process.

The picture goes to GWPF and then you may read After Academia at Quillette, quite realistic and terrifying

Aside from worthy people who are being liquidated for the ideological reasons, there are also lots of people who are professionally inadequate but who are being hired and appointed for the same ideological reasons. And this part of the problem – the absence of filters that are supposed to keep the weeds out of the elite places – is arguably even more harmful than the terror against the great conservatives etc.

The Harvard Crimson currently describes lots of student strikes. The union of graduate students has declared a strike. My understanding is that they want some workers to get a higher wage, something that isn't the business to be solved by the Harvard graduate students at all. But these young people already mentally live in a new Stalinist regime in which they are the apparatchiks in a new party secretariat that is deciding about everything – screw others and screw the markets. Because of the ongoing sabotage by these not-really-sensible people, the UPS is prevented from delivering packages in time.

Friday, December 06, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Why LIGO measures distances much shorter than a proton

A few days ago, the LIGO skeptic named Jason C-65 added a comment under a text of mine explaining why LIGO skeptics are idiots:

The detector is essentially an interferometer. It uses mirrors made of atoms, and yet it is supposed to resolve distances to less than a proton. I know that's bullshit.
Well, like many others, Jason is totally wrong. LIGO indeed does measure the length of the L-shaped tunnel with the precision much better than the size of the atom. Well, the atom is \(10^{-10}\) meters in size, a proton is \(10^{-15}\) meters. But LIGO goes further, to \(10^{-20}\) meters or so. There is no contradiction with anything and Jason's expectation that "it must be impossible" is based on his completely different "theory" with which he looks at the distances and their precision.

Thursday, December 05, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Next week, Czech PM plans to block the EU gr@tin plans

According to most Czech observers, Czech billionaire prime minister Andrej Babiš – who is worth some $3 billion – is living through a terrible week. (Babiš himself says that he is very happy now – especially because his family will be saved from the legal harassment for the first time in years. Not too many people believe that he's too happy now.)

Once a gold-digger, always a gold-digger. An 1898 photograph of the Yukon/Klondike Gold Rush showed a lookalike of Greta's – perhaps because that 19th century girl's mother was a Swede who drank during pregnancy

The final EU audit of his "cohesion funds" subsidies arrived and it says, like the incomplete one, that 100% of the subsidies paid to the Agrofert company ultimately controlled by Babiš were illegal and have to be returned because of the EU and Czech laws on the conflict of interests. It's some $20 million – almost half a billion crowns. Well, they actually found some extra subsidies that shouldn't have been funded for reasons unrelated to the conflicts of interests, including the upgrade of a toasting factory that was claimed to be about some cool scientific and technological progress but it wasn't. ;-)

What's worse is that the "regular agricultural" subsidies (which are higher and comparable to $100 million a year) will probably be treated equally just in a few months. They make about 1/2 of the Agrofert profits (yes, even without subsidies, the whole conglomerate would still be safely profitable – the irony of subsidies is that they're often not needed at all and they just distort the market for the fun of it). To reduce the expected profits by 1/2 means to reduce the equity by 1/2. Because Agrofert has some debt, the relative decrease of his wealth could be more pronounced than to 1/2. Moreover, the banks could and perhaps should harden the required guarantees. On the other hand, they shouldn't be hysterical because if they take over the Agrofert, that company will be immediately worth more again because it will be eligible for subsidies.

On top of that, the top prosecutor Mr Pavel Zeman has restarted the Stork's Nest subsidy fraud investigation – only against Babiš, his top secretary, and his (allegedly psychiatrically unhealthy) son Andrej Babiš Jr (who lives in Geneva), not the rest of family or others – that was suspiciously stopped by a lower prosecutor Mr Šaroch a few months ago. This is the kind of an event that tells me that despite some obvious pro-Babiš "bias" that is manifested at various places, the "government structures still work OK" in Czechia and regular citizens don't need and shouldn't intervene. The statement by Pavel Zeman was concise, balanced, and professional. He emphasized that Babiš remains formally innocent etc., too. That's how things should be. I have a better feeling about this stuff than about what Adam Schiff and comrades are doing in the U.S.

Yes, I think that you should learn from us now, Yankees. Especially the shifty Schiff and similar people should learn. You are supposed to be a fair judge in your job now – not a hardcore manipulative partisan. Is that really so hard?

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Solving information puzzle using replicas

Complexified Euclidean wormholes connecting the replicas save the day

As Yair has pointed out, last week, 5+4=9 quantum gravity big shots who scooped each other – and who were building insights while standing on the shoulders of the remaining 8 replicas that have produced lots of important prerequisites recently – coordinated the publication of two closely related papers

Replica Wormholes and the Entropy of Hawking Radiation (by AHMST, IAS+Ithaca)

Replica wormholes and the black hole interior (by PSSY, Stanford)
where they announced a great new way to look at the black hole interior, derive the black hole entropy, and resolve apparent contradictions related to the information puzzle. This new way involves replicas of black holes – and the exponential factors that are needed to account for the gravitational entropy are obtained from configurations in the path integral of Einstein's gravity in which the replicas are connected by wormholes.

The similarity of the titles and abstracts themselves seems amazing – it seems like circumstantial evidence that these nine physicists' offices are connected by another wormhole (the excessive, "American" capitalization of the 5-author title seems to be the most obvious difference LOL). The basic new ideas are shared by these preprints but they differ in technical aspects that make them rather complementary. The first, 5-author East Coast paper, discusses configurations with Anti De Sitter space connected to the Minkowski space etc. The second, 4-author West Coast paper uses the JT gravity coupled to the SYK model – two toy models that quantum gravity theorists loved to study in recent years.

Millennials are staggeringly poor

In the discussion under the previous blog post, we had to conclude that the political opinions related to the diversity and similar fashionable neo-Marxist buzzwords are heavily correlated with age. It's primarily the youth that has been radicalized, re-programmed to oppose previously undisputed values such as the freedom, capitalism, and even the GDP growth itself.

Even outside the Academia, this correlation seems obvious. To a large extent, the comparison of AOC and Joe Biden is representative. Both are leftists. Joe Biden is a leftist and a creep. But you know, he is an ordinary, old-fashioned creep. If you don't focus on details too much, you could say that he's basically a similar man as Donald Trump. I sincerely apologize to Mr President if he is offended. You know, I just wanted to make a qualitative point using an exaggerated metaphor and I am sure that others have appreciated that.

We see Millennials who are behaving crazily in many ways. Most of them want to abolish the freedom of speech. A huge fraction of them considers the GDP growth to be a bad thing – an idea that used to be unthinkable both among left-wing and right-wing people in recent decades and centuries. Hours ago, MSN and others published the remarkable graph above. It shows how the wealth of the cohorts differ.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Diversity statements: rebellious UC Davis under attack by far left warriors

Anti-Western, far left fanatics have taken over most of the Californian universities.

One of the shocking "improvements" that has been introduced by these pathological entities are the so-called "diversity statements". Newly hired people – especially in the mathematics departments – are obliged to submit "diversity statements" in which they not only plead loyalty to the far left movement but they must also present actual evidence that they have spent nonzero energy to fight against the whites, men, straight people, and other groups that the far left movement labeled undesirable.

Make no mistake about it. Everyone who is being hired under these conditions is a despicable being and I wouldn't sacrifice a minute to save his or her life. Instead, I could buy the air ticket needed to urinate on his or her grave.

Monday, December 02, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

"Confirmation bias" and "groupthink" are mostly verbally opposed by hypocritical lying demagogues

On Saturday, I argued against the widespread meme saying that

ideologies are bad and we must avoid them
which is extremely counterproductive because any coherent network of principles or propositions that allows us to treat, evaluate, compare, or interpret other ideas or statements rationally is an "ideology". The only question is which ideology we end up with. For understandable reasons, the "anti-ideological people" generally end up being more extreme and mindless leftists than anyone else. They are ready to embrace any idea claimed to be "progressive"; they can't fairly compare two things, people, or situations; they end up being people without any moral compass.

Here I want to mention that there exist at least two analogous fashionable beliefs:
groupthink is always bad

confirmation bias always is bad.
There exists a whole herd of people – perhaps a majority of mankind as of late 2019 – who unanimously believe in groupthink that the assertions above are self-evidently true. And I guess that my argumentation below will only confirm their belief in these two assertions. I sincerely hope that you have understood the relationship between the previous two sentences and the two blockquoted propositions above them. If you haven't and if you have read this blog post less than 999 times so far, go to the first sentence of the blog post and read again.

London stabbing victims and Darwin's award

I don't want to discuss every terrorist attack somewhere but the latest London Bridge stabbing ended up with quite some tragicomic explanation.

OK, on Friday, 2 pm London time, we learned about the mess at the London Bridge – a big flat ugly bridge, not to be confused with the tall and pretty Tower Bridge. Some heroes were fighting the attacker. Intelligent people on Twitter took it almost for granted that the attacker was a Muslim and most of them didn't even have to discuss this expectation. An unholy coalition of Islamization jihadists was preemptively attacking people for assuming that the culprit had to be a Muslim.

Make no mistake about it. The odds were way above 90% that the culprit behind a mass stabbing in London had to be a follower of the religion of peace. Non-Muslims simply aren't this obsessed about this ritual. Once the dust settled, it was clear that Usman Khan (28) – who was shot dead by police soon enough – was indeed the stabber; the ISIS publications have claimed that he was their warrior. The name makes it clear that he is as native a Briton as you can get ;-) – after all, his surname matches the surname of the mayor of London.

Vertical accelerations kill superfluid dark matter

The galaxies rotate close to the vinyl records – at least the absolute speed, if not the angular one, is almost independent on the distance from the center.

Einstein's or even Newton's gravity seems to predict much faster speeds near the center, close to Kepler's or Newton's model of the Solar System. This is the simplest manifestation of the fact that without some additions, Newton's or Einstein's predictions for the motion caused purely by the visible stars' gravity contradict the observed motion of galaxies.

There is a conceptually smooth solution to this discrepancy: postulate the existence of dark matter – matter that isn't seen in the telescopes because it doesn't interact with the electromagnetic field but that still affects the motion of the stars within galaxies. Every good theorist agrees that there is nothing wrong with a theory that has electrically neutral – and therefore "dark" – particle species. The refusal to add this "dark matter" may be labeled "MOND", Modified Newtonian Dynamics which assumes that the visible stars are responsible for all the motion which means that their "forces" must differ from the Newtonian ones in some way. MOND has celebrated some partial successes in predicting the speed patterns in a broad set of galaxies.

Even if we embrace dark matter, we don't know what it is made of. Axions and WIMPs remain the fundamental theoretical physicists' preferred choices (and maybe axions became a bit more likely in recent years when a big part of the WIMP parameter space was excluded) – but SIMPs and various other astrophysical objects named after superheroes have been proposed, MACHO, RAMBO, TERMINATOR, BRUCEWILLIS, GRETA, and others.

Saturday, November 30, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Ideologies are vital for civilizations

...and ultra-stupid ideas spread because people aren't ideologically anchored...

Under the previous blog post, kroshnix said that the European countries had the politicians they deserved – perhaps – and ended with the declaration that he hated the "ideological groupings (left, right, conservatives, libertarians, progressive, feminism and so on)" because "the world was much more complex and dynamic than that".

A three-dimensional ideological chart

Oops, kroshnix, this view won't be applauded here. Srikanth Hegde pointed out that ideas about what is true are naturally organized into ideologies – which is the case independently of any complexities or dynamism of the world. Well, I would go further: we need ideologies especially because the world is complex and dynamic. Without ideologies, people can get lost in the mess and the chaotic winds. Srikanth correctly pointed out that many MEPs who voted against the "climate emergency" did so basically because of a reasoned ideology and there's nothing wrong about it at all.

Friday, November 29, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Climate emergency: EU is governed by trash

The European Parliament has declared the so-called "climate emergency". The vote was 429-225-19 (Yes-No-Abstain) while the Czech 21 MEPs voted in the opposite way, 6-12-3. I am the only person not participating in the EU politics who has found and who cared about the actual 2-page resolution:

Press release, adopted resolutions, adopted on Thursday, emergency 2-page PDF
Beneath the titles and numbers, it says "having regard to..." eleven times. It has regard to the UNFCCC, various conferences of fearmongers, various individual superstitions and suicidal plans, and so on. This "having regard to..." format says nothing legally and is basically equivalent to a prayer, a very lame one. We pray for God and Saints and our relatives and so forth – instead of "we pray", they say "having regard to", but the content is the same.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Two Russian Czech geeks hacked visa system for the Vietnamese

...kept it for 5 years and earned over $30 million...

About 1% of Czechia's 10.5 million people – 100,000 – are Vietnamese. For some random reasons that I explained in my somewhat well-known Quora answer (LM), Vietnamese are the main exotic minority in Czechia while Czechia is the world's third country in the percentage of the Vietnamese, after Vietnam and Cambodia.

So given the number 100,000 whose change in time is at stake, you could think that basic questions such as "who decides about the new long-term migrants from Vietnam to Czechia" have a well-known answer that is compatible with the Czech laws. You would be completely wrong! ;-)

My one-year younger classmate from Prague's "MathPhys" – the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University (let me use the acronym MFF UK) – Marián Kechlibar has brought my attention to an incredible story explaining why you would be wrong and why governments of smaller countries are generally impotent vis-a-vis hackers.

Monday, November 25, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Bitcoin price down, lots of people still want to waste billions

First, some basic numbers. The frequency of Google searches for the Bitcoin largely copies the Bitcoin price, although the fluctuations are a bit amplified, and it currently stands at 9% of the maximum reached in December 2017.

Meanwhile, after some no longer relevant wiggles, the Bitcoin price was increasing from zero to $20,000 in December 2017. It fell to the lows around $3,100 in the late 2018 or early 2019 and reached a new, lower high around $14,000 in July 2019 (an echo from the CMB). Now, four months later, it's down to $6,500 – one-third of the all time high and less than one-half of the local maximum in Summer 2019.

Sunday, November 24, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Places like the Harvard HETG group look healthy

The plot of Idiocracy takes place in 2505 but if one relied on the trend that is apparent in the media, it would be more realistic to estimate that the Idiocratic level of the societal intelligence would already be achieved around 2055: 15 years seem to be enough to lower the depth and accuracy of the discourse by one academic degree.

However, Idiocracy has explained the trend towards the stupidity as a biological one: stupid people were said to outf*ck the smart ones which is why that segment of the IQ spectrum grew in importance. Clearly, we aren't getting dramatic changes of the underlying composition within a decade or two. The biological setup of mankind is changing much more slowly. Even when migration is taking into account, the halftime of switching from Europe to the Middle East is comparable to half a century, I believe.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Well-known Czech journalist introduces violence to her occupation

My homeland is one of the 10 most peaceful countries in the world but it's the country that has played a key role in the ignition of the Thirty Years' War, the Second World War, and the Cold War, and it just helped to escalate the tension within the media to a new level.

Some 110 journalists gathered at a media forum in Prague which ended yesterday. Many journalists interested in Russia have arrived, too.

Friday, November 22, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Armored glass? Tesla plagiarizes a Czech cult film

This blog post isn't important and belongs to the light genre.

As Manzo reminded us, Tesla presented its new very ugly "Cybertruck" – a cardboard milk on wheels, as radio hosts call it in my homeland.

The most important minute of the ritual included the tests of the resilience of this "tank". Sadly, two windows didn't survive the hammer test.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Three foreign lands of Scott Alexander

New Hungarian boson resurrected: today, a Science Alert press release, RT, and others promote the claimed discovery by Krasznahorkay et al. of a new nucleus in which a new boson X17 (the magyaron) of mass 16.7-16.8 MeV seems to be the intermediate state. See a 2016 blog post about the previous beryllium-8 nucleus showing X17 and the new October 2019 preprint with 7-sigma helium-4 evidence. BTW Krasznahorkay is the Hungarian spelling of an adjective derived from the Slovak name Krásna Hôrka [Beautiful Little Hill], a Slovak castle near the modern Hungarian border (the non-modern Hungary included all of Slovakia or "Upper Hungary", you know LOL). It is one of the most preserved Slovak castles despite the big 2012 fire.
Gas, a user, has pointed out that Scott Alexander has written three stories whose punchline is an unusual argument in favor of Sean Carroll's many-worlds misconceptions.

Someone at the VW Group saw this crazy viral video and asked "Why don't we have a Škoda version of it" and accidentally, it ended with a nearly equally viral result, 7M vs 4M views.

To be more specific, Alexander wrote three stories about the visits to foreign lands. Kiki went to a land where they cared whether he added "and supernovae explode behind the horizon" to the list of his predictions.

Choo Choo, a master of racing, went to another foreign land where they couldn't decide whether "God planting dinosaur bones" was a simpler theory than "the fossils prove the evolution".

Charles University HQ cleaned of stinking Gr@tins

Charles University was founded by Charles IV, the most admired Czech king (by Czechs), in 1348 and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. 1347-1351 were the worst years of Black Death when the European population dropped by 50% or so. They were the most glorious years of the Czech history! ;-)

Carolinum is one of the oldest buildings – at a prestigious place near the bottom of the Wenceslaus Square. That's where students including your humble correspondent graduated and where the rector has his office.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Globalist rabble vs Velvet ex-student with flowers

I think that if I didn't pay any attention to the media, the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution looked just fine and decent here in Pilsen, Bohemia's 2nd and Czechia's 4th largest city (170,000 people).

The removal of the (burning) red star from the roof of the former Western Bohemian regional communist party headquarters (American Avenue, across the street from the Skyscraper with McDonald's) was the most unique event here. People arrived for some show – simply remembering the fall of communism as a good thing, regardless of some political differences.

But some of the scenes from Prague looked disturbingly different. You may try additional videos from the same confrontation.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Volkswagen, not Škoda, should dominate the cheapest market segment

Shortly after the Velvet Revolution (the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia that began exactly 30 years ago today), the Volkswagen Group bought the Czech mass-market carmaker, Škoda (named Laurin & Klement up to the 1925 acquisition by Škoda Works in Pilsen), and it's been a success story. The car brand that inspired almost all the British car jokes has been turned into a formidable player – perhaps a more competitive one than Škoda was even during the celebrated interwar Czechoslovakia: the main source of pride in the 1930s was Škoda Popular whose price was CSK 17k-30k (most people had salaries below CSK 1,000 a month) and only sold 21,000 pieces in total which makes it clear why it wasn't such a big deal for Škoda Works (which produced 2,000 tanks per million crowns, among tons of other things) to acquire that carmaker.

In recent years, Škoda sells over 100,000 cars a month and has the 2nd highest profit margin in the VW Group (around 10%) after Porsche (which has around 15%), rather safely beating Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, and others. About 40% of the cars have been Škoda Octavia, the most important model which is the bestselling car model in a dozen of European countries – and many other countries. About 6.5 million Octavias have been sold so far.

Škoda famously doesn't export to North America.

Friday, November 15, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Hype about a formula for eigenstates

OK, Charles wrote e-mails about this topic to me and I think that there's something to say. Quanta Magazine's Natalie Wolchover has announced that

Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math
It's a story revolving around the July paper
Eigenvalues: the Rosetta Stone for Neutrino Oscillations in Matter
by Denton, Parke, Zhang (who are smiling on a photograph). They have played with the neutrino oscillations whose relevant mathematics revolves around eigenstates and eigenvalues of \(3\times 3\) matrices. Just to avoid misunderstandings, these are tables with \(3\times 3=9\) numbers and the eigenvalue \(\lambda\) of the matrix \(M\) and the eigenstate \(\vec v\) are objects that obey \(M\cdot \vec v = \lambda \vec v\) where the dot is the matrix multiplication (entries of the result are the sums of products of elements of a row of the left matrix and entries of a column of the right matrix; you combine all columns with all rows and which ones you choose decides where you write the resulting sum of products in the resulting matrix) – that was my crash course of linear algebra LOL.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Totalitarianism circumvents but doesn't formally abolish the democratic institutions

Here we go again. I think that among the 8,000 blog posts on this blog, there must be one on the very same topic. Mike Gottlieb just joined Gene Day's approach to the recent trends in the U.S. and the U.K. – they rationalize everything that happens as if it were a manifestation of the individual or corporate freedom and democracy. All the banned users and fired rightwingers etc. are just fine – the companies etc. always have the right to fire and harass users, clients, and employees etc.

On the other side, we have people like me and Tom Vonk who see things extremely differently. The real difference probably boils down to the fact that Tom and I know in quite some detail how the totalitarian societies actually worked – while Mike and Gene just don't have a clue. So they're the happy frogs that are cooked in the gradually boiling water – according to a frog recipe that has been tried many times and at many places in the world's history.

The main misconception believed by Mike, Gene, and every chronic apologist for the decline of the Western civilization is the following thesis:

Democracy only starts to fail when the institution calling itself "the government" (as sketched in the constitution) comprehensibly declares the civil rights or freedoms or democracy to be abolished and starts to behave as if these principles no longer exist.
I think that you may find places where Mike, Gene, and others write an equivalent sentence – whose naivity matches that of a 3-year-old kid or at most the 9-year-old Hurvínek (the boy on the photograph, born in Pilsen in the 1920s; the comparison to Hurvínek is a Czech idiom for naivity).

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Customer is the king

...well, not quite, but the almost complete denial of this slogan of the markets is a big reason behind the ongoing decay of the Western societies...

OK, a week ago, I wrote about the shocking treatment of patients at a North Bristol hospital who are deemed politically incorrect. I believe that this flagrant violation of the Hippocratic Oath is a crime – in my country and also in the U.K. – and the rogue physicians would surely be punished in my country and will hopefully be punished in the U.K., too.

Physicians just can't refuse to help a patient for petty personal or political reasons. Even very unpopular and ugly mass killers who just returned from the prison have the right to be served by physicians if they pay for their health insurance! The idea that people in a city could be denied healthcare – just because they realize that e.g. mass immigration is a very bad thing – sounds utterly incredible. It is this kind of an idea that is a sufficient justification for wars.

Feynman's model meets an SJW writer

When I saw the title Virginia Trimble Has Seen the Stars in the Quanta Magazine, I thought that it was another obnoxious "women in science" piece that have contaminated most of the formerly pro-science media – in which a feminist unsuccessfully tries to selectively promote another feminist as a scientist, while pretending that this activity encourages equality – which is why I ignored it.

See more RPF's drawings

But this interview is something completely different, as I realized when I read it after someone recommended it to me! It is an interview with the prettiest female Caltech astronomer among seven who were there along with Feynman in the 1960s and 1970s. Virginia Trimble has joined faculty in 1971.

So she's an astronomer who has co-written 900 papers (see also Google Scholar), who has read every article in 23 astronomy journal since 1991, who became a chronicler of astronomy for years (although she still operates without a cell phone) as well as Strumia's colleague in "citation analyses", who says that "stars are no longer fashionable", who thinks that the Hubble constant discrepancy will be resolved because the experiments measure "different things" (maybe but my feeling is that she doesn't quite appreciate the depth of the problem – the fact that we don't really have any theory that explains all the data), and who is described as a participant of talks who usually succeeds in igniting discussions – a Feynmanesque trait.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Don Cherry fired for the vital truth, too

Don Cherry has been a Canadian ice-hockey player and for 40 years, he was one of the most famous ice-hockey commentators in the country. 4 decades is a long enough time. Check e.g. what he (a guy who disliked both Jágr and Russians) had to say in Nagano (in the middle of the 40-year-long interval) when Czechia beat Canada on its way to the Olympic gold. ;-)

Nothing dramatic should happen now, when he is 85 years old, right?

But we live in the era of the dramatic overgrowth of the unhinged fanatical SJWs which is why this expectation would be wrong. In his segment, Cherry made wise comments about the poppies and the Remembrance Day, Canada's version of the Veterans' Day.

Locations aren't more fundamental or more real than other observables

Agnes of Bohemia was canonized by John Paul II exactly 30 years ago today, five days before the Velvet Revolution. Her chapel is at Czeco Nelson, Antarctica, close enough given the depth of Czechs' Christian faith. Congratulations to all fellow Czech saints!

The title All Hermitian operators are observable(s) that I chose three days ago was rather general. But there's a more specific problem that was immediately manifested in some completely wrong comments in the discussion.
Lots of the laymen believe that the positions of objects are more fundamental or more real observables than others, and everything does reduce or should be reduced to them.
This myth is responsible for a large portion of the anti-quantum zeal, the recurring whining directed against the "Copenhagen Interpretation", and also the utterly misguided Bohmian, Everettian, or Ghirardian ideologies.

When I was six, I was going through the "wheels and gears" era of my physics. It looked cool that one could construct various devices composed of similar mechanical parts. I haven't ever produced a large number of such wheels and I didn't have too many of them – except for several LEGOs and a few other toys – so I remained a theorist. ;-) But the idea that all useful objects "should be" reduced to mechanical devices was something that I took as a part of my temporary faith.

Monday, November 11, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

A serious critique of the real-world Asymptotic Safety program for quantum gravity

As I wrote e.g. here ten years ago, I consider Weinberg's "Asymptotic Safety" paradigm in quantum gravity to be a deep misunderstanding.

The program basically wants to ignore the non-renormalizability of Einstein's equations; and special "non-local" phenomena discovered in recent decades, including holography. Instead, it wants to treat Einstein's equations as if they were on par with QCD and the theory became asymptotically free (or more precisely, having finite couplings but vanishing beta-functions) at high energy scales – which could determine the theory at lower energy scales, too.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Why European communism fell in 1989

Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall physically collapsed. On November 17th, 1989, the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution abruptly started by a student demonstration commemorating Nazi-and-students-related events on November 17th, 1939.

Well, three decades ago, communism fell in Central and Eastern Europe. And those people who find this event important – and I surely do – discuss what were the reasons. Because the intensity of these discussions is pretty low, it's rather normal for various people to offer rather different interpretations of the causes.

Video on YouTube, click.
May 1990, the first allowed modern celebrations of the liberation of Pilsen by Patton's troops. Jan Vyčítal's most famous song of that event, "Back in the 45th", mostly talks about the communist-era lies concerning the liberator. The atmosphere on the street resembled November 1989 (half a year earlier) again but it was more relaxed and the average participants were less political than in November 1989.

Ex-president Klaus mentioned that communism in Czechoslovakia fell by itself, it wasn't destroyed by the dissidents. Clearly, 2,000 dissidents who had been labeled asocial drunkards couldn't have been enough to change the regime – although I think that their role was vastly greater than their percentage in the population. Klaus likes to emphasize the role of the "demos" and the ordinary enough people – and the irrelevance of the folks around Havel. Of course I mostly agree with Klaus although I did consider myself a teenage dissident in 1989. ;-)

Saturday, November 09, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

All Hermitian operators are observable(s)

The main reasons behind the omnipresent denial of quantum mechanics are simply

  • the ideologically rooted stubbornness that makes these people insist on the rules of classical physics
  • generally absent physics-related innate aptitude
Those would-be thinkers who keep on writing completely wrong books saying "whiny whine, there is something wrong about quantum mechanics and Copenhagen, whiny whine" are simply too ideological and too dumb for modern physics. These traits define their personalities and there's no easy way to fix them: something is simply missing.

However, the universal rules of quantum mechanics don't seem too hard. They are natural, straightforward, and may be explained on several lines. An observer perspective must exist; the observer inserts the knowledge about the measured observables (Hermitian operators) in terms of the wave function or density matrix; evolves these collections of complex numbers unitarily; and predicts the probabilities of future measurements via Born's rule while every new measurement is accompanied (really: mathematically expressed) by "collapsing" the wave function into the appropriate eigenstate (the projection onto the right space of eigenstates).

Friday, November 08, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Africa may finally outlaw, go after the neck of climate fearmongers

One paradoxical aspect of the climate hysteria is that it is directed against the wrong people – and those who fight against the climate hysteria seem to be an illogical subset of mankind like us, too.

In particular, the Western nations – where the pollution is low and even much of the energy production has been replaced by "renewable" sources, according to one definition or another – are those that are being pushed towards an ever greater fear while the mainly Asian giants such as China and India don't seem to care much. Clearly, the explanation is that the carbon dioxide isn't the real point of the climate hysteria: the political control over the Western society is the actual goal.

Equatorial Guinea, Africa's only Spanish-speaking country

On the other hand, it is people like us – members of nations that could marginally afford to almost completely switch to "renewable sources" – who are also the most active opponents of the climate hysteria. However, in reality, it is the poor world – starting with Africa – that could be most existentially damaged if some global restrictions on CO2 were introduced. As Soph has pointed out, they can't afford sanitation let alone fudging solar panels.

A somewhat funny Columbia resignation due to a trans-Juliet

Today, Sam Owen (via Jason Epstein) sent me a fun Romanian TV interview with a Romanian-born scholar:

You may turn on the English subtitles in this 4-minute-long segment – and the whole 47-minute-long interview is also available.

It's another example of the fact that the post-communist Europe is being increasingly entertained by the folks who return from America and report that everyone has lost his or her or xir mind over there. It's a black humor but it's funny because it's true.

Thursday, November 07, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Hostage crisis at a Bristol hospital goes into 3rd day

"Conservative" PM BoJo seems totally impotent in the fight against the killers

It seems to me that the unhinged extreme left-wing fanatics have increased their insane activities by an order of magnitude or two, relatively to what we had just one year if not several months ago. Every day, we read several reports e.g. about 11,000 scientifically illiterate, psychiatrically unstable morons who are called "scientists" by their lying comrades in the media and who scream that this time, the sky is really falling and "untold suffering" is imminent.

Meanwhile, while a lazy and hysterical Swedish spoiled brat found herself on the wrong side of the Atlantic Ocean, incapable of getting over the ocean to a "COP25" party of the climate cultists in a carbon-neutral way, 25,000 of her comrades have realized that they have a very similar problem. They also need to go to Madrid instead of Santiago.

A whole town of flabbergasting morons who claim that mankind needs to "fight against the CO2 emissions" has to be needlessly moved from the American continent to the European continent. Isn't it ironic? Can't they just do their business via Skype and a YouTube live stream? OK, they should just pick thousands of the private jets and Greta+Pope should canonize the jets and declare that they miraculously flew in a carbon-neutral way.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Interpretation of Planck data: the Universe is a sphere

The Quantum Magazine promotes an ambitious, would-be game-changing paper on cosmology:

What Shape Is the Universe? A New Study Suggests We’ve Got It All Wrong (by Wolchover)

Planck evidence for a closed Universe and a possible crisis for cosmology (Nature)
Di Valentino, Melchiorri, and Silk point out that the 2018 Planck data show a surplus of lensing, relatively to the Lambda-CDM model's prediction. And their straightforward interpretation is that the density of the Universe is some 5% higher than the critical one – say 6.0 instead of 5.7 hydrogen atoms per cubic meter.

Monday, November 04, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Wise words against outrage culture: Obama's!?

A few days ago, Barack Obama was giving a talk at the Obama Foundation Summit and listen for a minute what he had to say:

This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically ‘woke’ and all that stuff. You should get over that quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids. And share certain things with you.

And one danger that I see, especially on the college campus (we talked about this, someone goes to school with my daughter – Obama's rhetorical organs were getting entangled at this point) is – I do get this sense while talking to young people and it's accelerated by the social media – there is this sense that the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough.

That’s not activism. That’s not bringing about change. If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far. That’s easy to do.
Cool. Even among sane rightwingers, you find just a small number of people who can say these things this nicely.

Sunday, November 03, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

MIT Press' QSS journal has peer-reviewed, will publish Strumia's anti-feminist research

Off-topic HEP: LCWS, a pro-linear-collider group, will publish a pro-ILC statement. Via Tristan.

Many people collaborate with the totalitarian feminists and liars and their excuse is that everyone else does it, too. Well, it is a lame excuse for someone's cowardliness and the statement isn't really true as one fresh event shows (hat tip: @Roman_012, @NSesardic at Twitter):

In decision certain to draw fire, journal will publish heavily criticized paper on gender differences in physics (Science's prophesy about the QSS publication)
For the sake of perceived balance, the new sociometric journal published by the MIT Press, QSS, will simultaneously publish unsubstantiated and ideologically driven insults against Strumia and his research. Alessandro Strumia has written the paper
Gender issues in fundamental physics: a bibliometric analysis (45 pages, PDF)
Alessandro has analyzed lots of the bibliometric data (via the Inspire database) quantifying the productivity of male and female researchers and has found that male researchers are more productive at the crucial points; and female researchers are more likely to be hired when all other things are equal – in a striking conflict the widespread assertions by the so-called feminists.

Greta asks you to find a carbon-neutral transport to Madrid

During the summer, a friend of a friend of mine, a famous spoiled brat named Greta Thunberg, spent weeks on a yacht, going from Europe to the New World. Meanwhile, a dozen of employees who are working for her were flying in between the continents. The main goal of this ritual wasn't her hysterical outburst in New York, however incredible it was. The main purpose of her trip was the COP25 climate conference in Santiago de Chile.

However, due to the "pro-equality" leftist demonstrations and chaos in Chile (which Greta, a hardcore leftist herself, has explicitly endorsed!), COP25 and another meeting was cancelled. Meanwhile, the leading bureaucrats among the climate fearmongers have moved the COP25 event from Santiago to Madrid.

Friday, November 01, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Impeachment: a good system isn't enough when the people suck

The Democratic majority in the Congress started the "impeachment probe" against Trump. The House voted 232-196 in favor of the terribly harmful move. All Republicans were against, along with two Democrats; the rest of Democrats was voting Yes. Sadly, even e.g. Tulsi Gabbard voted Yes. She previously fought against the impeachment and she has lost much of the credibility with me by this U-turn.

This vote is already much more partisan than the 1998 impeachment vote against Bill Clinton. At that time, I was a fresh newcomer in the U.S. and – while feeling a bit closer to the GOP, of course – I largely opposed the harassment directed against Clinton. You shouldn't be surprised – my relaxed nation simply finds it too much to remove the most powerful man on Earth because of some semi-sexual sins. And the lying in this context is also comprehensible – a beloved Czech sexuologist Plzák has taught us "deny, deny, deny" (3x "zatloukat"). ;-)

OK... but two decades ago, 31 Democrats actually joined the campaign against Clinton. It's much more partisan in 2019. It's insanely partisan now.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Lies about mandatory mathematics from math haters

As expected three weeks ago, yesterday, the Czech government abolished the plans to introduce a mandatory "matura" exam (at the end of the high school) from mathematics since 2021. The parties in the government clearly want to steal some of the lazy stupid brainwashed young voters from the Pirates, a party of far left green drug addicts and Antifa puppets. The status quo will continue – the teenagers may choose an additional foreign language or mathematics and almost all of them, and an increasing majority, simply choose the language.

It's very bad, some voices of sanity are heard on the Internet but they're accompanied by the brain-dead SJWs and math haters who celebrate. The tweet above is from Mr Jan Skopeček, a conservative lawmaker whom I know in person. He says that mathematics should enjoy some respect, especially in an industrial country like ours. It cultivates the thinking and the mandatory exam may increase the quality of the high school education. He will vote against the plan in the Parliament.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Karl Popper, the spiritual father of George Soros

...and unlimited mass migration, unlimited censorship, and instantaneous destruction of profound research by "falsifiability" chants

Many of us consider George Soros to be the ultimate personified evil in the contemporary world. Yesterday, I watched a dozen of videos by the Little Brother whom I hadn't known before and who looks like a rather brilliant Czech counterpart of some of the best Anglo-Saxon conservative or classically liberal YouTubers.

One of these videos was This is George Soros and it is a rather friendly portrait of the billionaire – at least given the fact that the Little Brother "stands on the other side of the barricade".

OK, we learn that Soros was born as Schwartz in a rich Jewish family in Hungary. His father was an esperantist and lawyer, was able to get some documents to turn the family into a Christian Soros family, and they moved to the West. In New York, young Soros thrived in the banks, traded European stocks, and was generally a decent trader doing his work.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

An incredibly upbeat U.N. speech by Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is Swedish and many of you only speak English. Finally, the English translation of the remarkable U.N. speech by Greta Thunberg has gotten to you, distinguished TRF readers – through the positive Czech translation as the intermediate step. I think that you will agree that Czech must be a beautiful language. Enjoy!

0:00 [During a climate conference, Greta Thunberg gave a surprisingly optimistic speech in the halls of the United Nations in New York. It is such groundbreaking news that fills me with so much optimism that you should allow me a simultaneous translation of her ideas. Let's go ahead.]
0:23 I bring you the news that we are watching you carefully.
0:36 Everything smells of an unprecedented optimism.
0:42 I shouldn't be up here.
0:48 I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean.
0:58 It's fantastic that you also allow the young people to speak. Thank you for that.
1:02 You are realizing the dreams of my childhood by your wonderful acts.
1:17 I am undoubtedly one of the happiest children in the world.
1:26 The poverty on the planet is decreasing at a miraculous rate. The vaccination against the worst diseases has reached amazing levels.
1:39 The life on our planet has never been thriving so much.
1:48 We are at the beginning of the most peaceful and safest epoch in the Planet Earth's history.
2:00 And all of it is thanks to your relentless trade and the cooperation in diplomacy and research that shows that the era of the world wars belongs to the past.
2:12 You rock.
2:30 For more than 30 years, we are witnessing an unprecedented scientific and technological progress.
2:35 How did you achieve that?
2:43 For me to come here and to criticize you would be an immensely hypocritical thing to do.
2:52 When solutions for most of the global problems have already been searched for and built for decades.
2:58 You say that you will keep on working hard.
3:03 And that it is urgent.
3:08 But in spite of all of that...
3:13 I can't believe that we could ask you for even more.
3:27 I know that you understand the situation very well, much more than I do. Look, I am still just a high school student.
3:37 But I believe that after long years of studies and diligent work, I will once become as productive a member of the society as you are today.
4:00 Fifty percent of the African children who, after decades of vigorous efforts by the whole planet, finally escaped the famines and malaria and found themselves in the world where they don't have to spend their lives by the struggle to survive but they may also enjoy some comfort much like the comfort that we in Sweden have been enjoying for many decades.
4:39 Fifty percent of children could look acceptable to you but it would be very hypocritical for us to place an upper bound on such children by regulations. The rich person doesn't believe the hungry one, a proverb says, which is why I urge you to let the African and Asian children to determine their own fate.
5:05 Billions of tons of CO2 produced by the Western countries cannot become an excuse to truncate the progress of the third world exactly at the moment when our technologies finally allow us to eradicate hunger and poverty once and for all. [Unseen, unseen.]
5:30 But fifty percent of children simply isn't enough. We want the progress to continue at the highest possible rate and we want the world to end up as a place that is full of prosperity and happy faces.
5:48 I recommend you to keep on caring about your business and ignore the pressure coming from the alarmists who simply despite the human control over Nature.
6:06 Those utterly fudged numbers allegedly describing the amount of CO2 that we're still allowed to emit shouldn't be taken seriously because they boil down to completely shaky hypotheses and to a wishful thinking.
6:37 Let us be mature and agree that our priority should be a fight against poverty, diseases, temptation to start wars, and the technological progress that is not interrupted by anything and that will ultimately allow us to excel under any climate change scenarios.
6:59 You have created an unbelievably prosperous, safe, and friendly future for us and the young people are extraordinarily grateful for that.
7:12 All of the future generations will be building on your work.
7:20 We will never forget about the millions of human lives that your cooperation has saved.
7:39 We will not let you down.
7:45 We want you to enjoy beautiful years of retirement while our generation will continue in your work to make our planet flourish.
7:55 The world is beautiful and it is full of life.
8:02 Fuck the polar bears.
8:17 [Beautiful. I was touched. Have a nice day. Your little brother.]

This simultaneous translation is one month old. The little brother, Ondřej Tesárek, was just vaporized from Facebook a few days ago.

By the way, he is a classical liberal with lots of videos. I was touched by this one:

Freedom is no longer cool

I was born right after the Velvet Revolution when my homeland could finally breath again. For fourty years, it was surrounded by the Iron Curtain... [He says how the people were shocked by the freedom of the 1990s when they had to swim, so they returned, abandoned creativity, restored jealousy, and started to live much like during communism.]

Monday, October 28, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Why Czechs "still" celebrate Czechoslovakia after 101 years

Czechia celebrates the most important national holiday today and Barefoot Backpacker posted a question that surely looks silly to Czechs but I have seen it many times, especially when asked by Americans:

Why the hell do Czechs celebrate the birth of Czechoslovakia if that country, albeit peacefully, ceased to exist at the end of 1992? You know, after 10 years in the U.S., I sort of acquired some empathy for the "completely different way of thinking about nations" that is mainstream in the U.S. although I surely haven't acquired the different thinking itself.

Prof Thomas Garrigue Masaryk, Czechoslovakia's president-founder

So I understand that given some kind of education and discourse about the meaning of the words "nation", "country", and "state", it's a damn good question why we frantically celebrate the anniversary of a country that's been gone since 1993! ;-)

Sunday, October 27, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

What is more incomplete: Copenhagen or many worlds?

In the first stage of the Einstein-Bohr debates, Einstein tried to prove that quantum mechanics was wrong – literally producing predictions that conflicted with observations. When he was persuaded that this goal was just plain stupid around 1930, Einstein switched to the second stage in which he "only" argued that quantum mechanics (as defined in Copenhagen) was "incomplete".

Even today, almost 90 years later, the anti-quantum zealots who are still around – depending on the degree of their stupidity – argue that quantum mechanics is either wrong or incomplete. The typical complaint that "quantum mechanics isn't complete" is formulated as follows:

But the Copenhagen Interpretation fails to tell us what is really going on before we look.
Well, in reality, quantum mechanics tells us everything that is happening before the observation: nothing that could be considered a fact is happening before (or in the absence of) an observation! It is an answer. You may dislike it but it's a lie to say that you weren't given an answer!

Girl: feminists in social services enabled the suicide+murder of my younger sisters by our mother

One week ago, James Younger's reproductive organs and his dignity were threatened when a Dallas jury voted 11-to-1 to allow the non-biological mother of the 7-year-old boy (who has an identical twin brother, Judy) to eliminate the biological father Jeffrey Younger from the boy's life and continue with the "transition" of James into "Luna", a girl. The woman's plan was that aside from the "social transition" that was already ongoing, the hormonal castration would start at age of 11.5.

A video showing a 3-year-old James makes it clear that the idea that "he was a girl" was imposed on him by the woman – by a silly kind of manipulation that is sufficient to affect children.

On Thursday, perhaps under the pressure from the public and maybe also the governor of Texas who had launched an investigation, the judge ruled (despite her being left-wing) that both parents would continue in the joint custody, the father may veto such medical procedures, and both parents must be silent about the matters. The incredible vote by the jury was partly caused by some child service (CPS) bureaucrats and their "testimonies". That institute is apparently full of radical feminists and trans-sexual activists.

These wrong people at the wrong places are existentially dangerous. They may kill. Sadly, something that looks like a proof appeared in a tragic story in Northern Bohemia on Friday i.e. three days ago.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Czech entomologist on ecology, climate panic

PL Jakub Vosáhlo's interview with Dr Martin Konvička, an entomologist and the president of the Czech Islamic Republic

Assoc Prof Martin Konvička as you don't know him (he's primarily famous as a warrior against Islam): in recent years, Nature was primarily demolished by the EU climate policies, irresponsible charlatanry involving the climate, and mad experiments with the landscape.

AN INTERVIEW: After his activity addressing the migration and the clash of civilizations, Martin Konvička recently talked about the fashionable war on the climate change. And he clearly has something to say about the issue as an Associate Professor of biology and a respected expert, especially in science of insects (and yes, butterflies). He unmasks some devil's glitches with the ongoing campaign to plant trees or the risk of the forced transition to the "green" technologies. In the interview for the, he also hints at the reasons why so many scientists, often questionable scientists, jumped on the climate research bandwagon in recent years.

Some fun with a proof of the Riemann Hypothesis

A few days ago, Tatenda Kubalalika, a young mathematician in Harare, Zimbabwe, directed my attention to his ambitious paper

Prime numbers and the Riemann hypothesis
To make the story short, I spent about 5 hours over the period of 30 hours before I became sufficiently certain that the paper cannot contain a valid proof of the most prominent open problem of mathematics. Of course I mostly agree with those who say that the Riemann Hypothesis (RH) is very difficult and elementary-looking proofs are almost certainly wrong.

On the other hand, there's no rigorous proof of that assertion – and it's hard to imagine such a rigorous proof of that no-go theorem because you can't even define "elementary-looking". So when someone is excited and passes some tests of not doing something "entirely silly and wrong", I just pay attention. Of course it's been a waste of time so far (dozens of the most famous mathematicians since the 19th century have wasted a lot of their precious time, too) but there's some probability that it could work.

So I am interested not just in my ideas about the RH but also about ideas of others.

Friday, October 25, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

7 reasons why identity politics warriors are toxic

A prolific science writer at Forbes has argued that everyone should become a fanatical feminist, reverse racist, and passionate multi-genderist in fields with a majority of white straight cis-sexual men:

6 Steps Everyone Can Take To Become An Ally In White, Male-Dominated Workplaces
The claims are breathtakingly dishonest and radical in their desire to ruin the last traces of meritocracy and the basic glue that holds the human society together. His 6 basic rules are actually 7 – as an URM (that's a new great acronym for underrepresented minorities that he probably wants us to use! So I will use this slur, be my guest), he probably doesn't know the small integers too well.

Using my words, these 7 steps say:
  • 0: Always place attention to PC above the work in your field
  • 1: Always prefer a discussion about the PC ideology over the discussion about your work
  • 2: Respect double standards, always treat URMs as both superior people and victims, and don't ever dare to compare URM with regular mortals such as you
  • 3: To be fair, be unfair because if you were fair, it would be unfair (this is a real beauty)
  • 4: Train yourself to feel guilty all the time
  • 5: Hysterically scream at everyone who says something non-PC
  • 6: Always do more affirmative action and distort the system more than others expect
Pretty disturbing, indeed. Without the context and experience, I would think that this article is a parody trying to point out how insanely dishonest and destructive the champions of PC are. But I know enough to be nearly certain that this text at Forbes was meant seriously.

SaveJames: why jury voted 11-to-1 shows why PC trash took over the West

Despite her being rather, ehm, progressive, the Texas judge ruled yesterday that both parents will share the custody of the twin brothers – Judy and James Younger. They will also co-decide about medical issues. What happens if they disagree? Unless the dominant interpretation on the Internet is wrong, the father will be able to veto any castration-like procedures.

So it's as big a win for James' testicles as we could hope for. Relatively to that, the gag order against the father – he also needs to erase the website etc. – looks like a detail.

It's entirely possible that the investigation of the case by the Texas governor that was launched shortly before the verdict "helped" the judge to disagree with the jury.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Even men have their periods

Another day, another advance by the transsexual overlords.

Protector & Gamble, the cosmetics giant whose Gillette department thinks that men who need to shave are toxic, has been asked by the transsexual activists to remove the symbol from the menstruation products. The result?

Always to stop using Venus symbol on menstruation products to be more inclusive (Google News)
Procter & Gamble told the transsexual activists that they were so honest, kind, tolerant, reasonable, healthy, pretty, fertile and all great companies in the world must obey their orders. So the Venus symbol (♀, an egg anchored to soil by a cross) will be removed because, you know, some of the users of the menstruation products would prefer the Mars symbol (or the Earth twisting with Jupiter and Saturn into a giant circle) – I guess it's the people born as women who convinced themselves that they are men and hexadecimal-non-binary-X-mxn etc. although I am frankly no longer certain that I use logic correctly to determine even these basic answers (this very confusion is a major goal, of course).

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