## Monday, August 30, 2021 ... //

### 109 Czech deaths apparently caused by the Covid vaccination

That's about 50,000 vaccine deaths globally. CNN Prima News helpfully listed the most cited side effects

There may be very serious, long-term effects of the Covid vaccination (which I find unlikely but possible; and the emergence of ADE seems somewhat likely) but there are surely immediate reactions to the vaccine and lots of deaths. The Czech subsidiary of CNN has helpfully listed the vaccine-related complaints and deaths in Czechia, a nation of 10.7 million which has delivered 11.4 million vaccines (5.7 million first jabs; 5.5 million second jabs; 0.2 million one-shot vaccines).

My calculated result 50,000 vaccine deaths has been said to be compatible with the Eudra and VAERS data in Europe and America. Note that the vaccine deaths are smaller than the Covid deaths by almost 2 orders of magnitude. But if you restrict both deaths to the young people or even kids, you will see that the vaccination kills more people than Covid. If you restrict the Covid deaths to the epoch when the vaccination was intense, the vaccine deaths "win" even among some older groups.

## Sunday, August 29, 2021 ... //

### Johnny Depp could relax in Carlsbad

Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary in Czech, KV) is Czechia's largest spa town, one which hosted numerous emperors and cultural elites (such as Goethe) during its golden era a century ago. Months ago, Carlsbad along with Franzensbad (CZ: Františkovy Lázně) and Marienbad (CZ: Mariánské Lázně), the triangle of the Western Bohemian spas, was included into the new UNESCO European spa list (for Czechia, 3/11 isn't a bad proportion of the Europe's famous spas). See some 260+ pictures from a recent trip.

One of the modern events in Carlsbad is the international film festival (KVIFF), a mini-Cannes with HQ in the huge socialist-era Hotel Thermal (which is undergoing a renovation, not yet completed); some screening takes place in the Municipal Theater. Depp lived in Grand Hotel Pupp, a top 3 hotel in the town. Mainly because the era of emperors is gone and the influence of Czech gems has collapsed during the communist era, KVIFF isn't really in Cannes' league and it must be grateful for its stars. The actor-turned-director of KVIFF, Jiří Bartoška, manages to invite a widely recognized global star almost every year. Johnny Depp came late and wasn't the only star (Michael Caine was a problem-free star and impressed many; Ethan Hawke was said to be contemplative) but the Czech (and imported?) fans spoke a clear language. This KVIFF was a Depp event. The number of fans who waited for him and enthusiastically greeted him surpassed the number of guests at the official ceremonies.

## Saturday, August 28, 2021 ... //

### Only those countries that have experienced communism will survive the fatal virus

By Mr Maroš Puchovský (Slovakia), written in Zmena/Všehomír [Change/Universe] 30 years ago (!!!)

Thanks to Bohumil from Volný Blok and HankaH13 for finding the article for me

This is what the people of Western Europe will soon be.
(LM: The image and the caption were included in the 30-year-old article.)

[Introduction in the box.] Ibrahim Husseini, leader of the Provençal Allah's Front, becomes president of France and proclaims an Islamic republic in Paris. German Chancellor Türgüt Mustafa is alarmed by attacks by the Shiite majority in Bavaria against the Catholic minority, which demands the reintroduction of German at least in primary schools. British Prime Minister Jalal Jrinaputra faces separatism from Buddhists who set fire to a Hindu temple in Liverpool. Jorge Luis de las Mercedes Pérez y Dominguez, governor of independent California, introduces Spanish as the only official language in the state. So do the presidents of the other independent Hispanic states – Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Florida. The year is 2023...

## Friday, August 27, 2021 ... //

### Axionic couplings guarantee stringy towers

SOOS, a Western Bohemian national park (near Franzensbad and Sokolov) with fens and swamps.

Today, there is exactly one hep-th preprint on the arXiv that makes the authors excited and proud and this is why they submitted the preprint in the first second of the "arXiv day" (18:00:00 UTC) in order to guarantee the placing of the abstract at the top of the listing:

The Weak Gravity Conjecture and Axion Strings
Heidenreich, Reece, and Rudelius (UMass-Harvard-Berkeley) discuss a nice refinement of the swampland conjectures. Recall that "swampland" is a term introduced by Cumrun Vafa to point out that even though the string landscape (the set of mathematically consistent descriptions of quantum theories of gravity) may seem large by some measures, its size is actually tiny or negligible in comparison with the size of the "swampland" which is the set of effective (quantum) field theories dreaming to be coupled to the gravitational terms – but unable to be interacting with gravity consistently.

## Thursday, August 26, 2021 ... //

### Studies indicating that the Covid survivors' natural immunity trumps the vaccine-induced one

The Covid propaganda is arguably the greatest attack on the people's common sense and their basic understanding of science at least in the recent 500 years (not to mention the greatest attack on the world economy, easily trumping both world wars).

Much of the manipulation of the billions of people is about emotions (especially fear), not any arguments, but when it comes to arguments and explicit lies, the statement that "Covid-19 is something completely and qualitatively different than flu [and therefore deserves a totally different approach]" is probably the most fundamental Covid-19 of all. I think that the response to this ludicrous proposition is the primary question that separates the people who have kept their common sense from those who haven't. Covid-19 ended up being comparable to a flu episode (the Spanish flu, for example) but the Spanish flu mostly killed the young while Covid-19 has mostly killed older people than the life expectancy.

Another important lie is the lie that "the Covid epidemics hasn't ended" in countries like mine. The daily cases, deaths, and total hospitalizations are more than 99% below the most recent March 2021 peaks (and that's hugely below the thresholds for epidemics as used for flu, and Covid-19 delta is less lethal than flu!). Thankfully, 90% of the readers in Czech polls agree that "there is no ongoing epidemics of Covid-19 in Czechia". It's similar in many other countries except that many other countries fail to have the Czech herd immunity and they may indeed expect a (small but not quite negligible) part of the Covid events in the future. I think that a Western country where less than 0.25% of the population has died from Covid-19 isn't quite out of the woods yet.

## Tuesday, August 24, 2021 ... //

### Tucker Carlson, Glenn Beck discuss "journalists" with no virtues, potential civil war, divided nation, weak men

One of the best videos that I watched in recent days was this one-hour-long Glenn Beck's (The Blaze TV) interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson (who came to the center right TV channel after Bill O'Reilly was removed):

Just a few spoilers. These men obviously agree about most things (and they display quite some respect for one another) but you can spot some differences. Glenn Beck is a more canonical "populist"; Tucker Carlson finds it obvious that a good society has some admiration for a genuine expertise and genuine experts are needed, useful for Tucker and others, and they are given special roles. Even a person who doesn't make it to the elite from some perspective voluntarily agrees to be operated by a skillful trained heart surgeon; and economically led by a person with superior economics and financial skills.

## Monday, August 23, 2021 ... //

### Susskind: horizon complementarity, second law ban bigly ripped, cyclic, and bottled universes

Bill has persuaded me to read the whole July 2021 hep-th paper

Three Impossible Theories
by Leonard Susskind. Let me say in advance that I saw the abstract last month, sort of agreed with it ("it is nothing new for me"), and I didn't read the body of the preprint which I did now. The body is visually funny because each page (and there are just 13 pages in the PDF file) contains a small number of letters, either because the "paper" is small or because the fonts are large.

## Saturday, August 21, 2021 ... //

### Vaccine efficacy at preventing Covid hospitalizations can't differ much from the efficacy at preventing positive Covid tests

...which is why the Pfizer jab is basically useless in the age of delta (and it's been lethal for tens of thousands)...

Many people (including epidemiologists and other doctors whom I respect and Dr Beran and Dr Pollert happen to belong to this set) don't get this simple yet math-loaded point and prefer to believe all sorts of voodoo science, especially the proposition that "while the Covid vaccine only has a ~40% efficacy against the positive PCR tests, it heavily [almost always, ~90%] prevents a serious disease, hospitalization, and death". It isn't true and it's straightforward to see that this unusual combination of softly but (numerically) heavily conflicting propositions can't be true.

Vaccine efficacy is defined as $VE = (1-RR) \times 100\% = \frac{ARU-ARV}{ARU} \times 100\%.$ Up to the "plain English" factor of 100 percent, vaccine efficacy is either equal to one minus the relative risk (RR) of developing the disease among the vaccinated over unvaccinated ones; or the relative reduction of the rate of the disease (note that $$RR=ARV/ARU$$). It's simple.

## Friday, August 20, 2021 ... //

### Zero emissions in Britain

Commentary by Alexander Tomský

How is it possible that we are ruled by lunatics? English people often ask in uncharacteristic indignation under articles about zero emissions and green government policies in the right-wing media. It's hard to know how many of those raving lunatics there are. Two years ago the Johnson government enacted a programme of total electrification of the economy from renewable sources by 2030 (it already has the highest proportion of green electricity in the world, 30 per cent) and banned the production of internal combustion engines from 2030. So far people are not revolting. It's a long way off, no one knows what will happen. Maybe in time, they think, when we start getting poorer, the new overlords will change everything.

## Wednesday, August 18, 2021 ... //

### NIF: laser-powered fusion may beat tokamaks soon

I do believe that ignition (creation of energy exceeding the invested one) is close

The Science Magazine brought us some good news yesterday:

With explosive new result, laser-powered fusion effort nears ‘ignition’
Someone in California is apparently still working on hot applied nuclear physics research (not just critical race theory). Unless we are completely lied to, I think that the super-optimistic headline is justified.

Nuclear fusion is the merger of light nuclei into heavier nuclei. This releases energy because iron has the deepest binding energy per mass among the nuclei (so you may produce useful energy by merging lighter-than-iron nuclei; or breaking heavier-than-iron nuclei, the latter is called fission). The simplest fusion process is$p + p + e^- \to {}^2_1D + \nu_e + 1.442\MeV$ We are given over one megaelectronvolt from two protons and an electron, about 1 million times more than what we're getting ($$1\eV$$) from a corresponding electron in "chemical" reactions such as the burning of King Coal (or the usage of lithium-based batteries, for that matter).

## Tuesday, August 17, 2021 ... //

### Immunology, vaccinology, epidemiology 101

Australians have become the world's nuttiest nation when it comes to their response to Covid-19, a fact that I have expected because of their extremely risky zero-Covid strategy.

There have been some lockdowns (especially in Melbourne) in the recent year despite the near-absence of the disease. There was always a risk that these extremely costly restrictions only postpone all the events by a certain amount of time. In recent months, most Australians were ordered to stay at home. They can only leave for "essential" reasons. Helicopters, soldiers, and barricades have been deployed everywhere to maintain the prisoner status for millions of Australians. \$5,000 fines must be paid by everybody who is declared to lie to the Covid Gestapo personnel or who is seen next to 2 other people, and so on. Australia is building a Covid concentration camp in Mickleham. Maskless girls were pepper sprayed by cops for no good reason. Victoria's premier Dan Andrews has banned drinking of alcohol without a face mask. A very large majority of Australians seem totally unable – and, indeed, unwilling – to remove these sociopaths from power, e.g. do what the Czechs and Slovaks did with the Czechs' de facto leader in 1942.

For some time, it could have been possible that due to its "faraway island" character, Australia could maintain the zero-Covid conditions by fortifying the border and heavily tracing the small number of cases. In June 2021, I already knew and clearly wrote that the cases in Austria were going to skyrocket, despite the increasingly insane restrictions. Of course, I was right. The moderate lockdowns may only reduce the spreading ($$R_0$$) by ~10% and the ultradraconian Australian ones by ~50% but even that is far from enough because $$R_0=5$$ or $$8$$ for delta. I think that every sentence in my June article holds, including the estimate that the cases would approximately double if not triple every week. These fascism-style policies are absolutely futile.

## Sunday, August 15, 2021 ... //

### Taliban ultimately deserves the victory

The war in Afghanistan started after September 11th, 2001 attacks. As many of you know, I was defending my PhD thesis on Tuesday 9/11/2001, 9:30 am, minutes after I learned about the falling towers, in Piscataway NJ (the Busch Campus of Rutgers University), just over 30 miles from the World Trade Center. It was an intense day and I think that I can reconstruct rather clearly that I was an honorary U.S. patriot at that time.

Although I could have been a teenage dissident shortly before 1989, I am confident that it is right to call my political beliefs of the 1990s "the most mainstream rightwing politics" that you could get in Czechoslovakia. Some sympathies to the U.S. were natural parts of my views... The terrorist attacks were shocking and as a supporter of George W. Bush in the 2000 elections, I expected a clear reaction. We got some.

An attack on Afghanistan where the culture of culprits behind the terrorist attacks was almost certainly hiding was morally justifiable. I think that from the viewpoint of some immediate justice, some U.S. strikes on targets in Afghanistan were exactly as natural – and supported by the bulk of the international public – as the Austro-Hungarian attacks on Serbian targets in 1914, after the prospective emperor was assassinated. Some al-Qaeda-style savages simply had to die after 9/11 because most of us don't really believe that some abstract justice in Heaven and Hell will work.

## Monday, August 09, 2021 ... //

### Yesterday, when I was young, winters were cooler

But is it true?

The arguments supporting the climate hysteria are hysterical, ideological, and they usually want to sound scientific even though they contradict even the most elementary scientific facts. But as a Slovak e-friend who will be referred to as Simon just reminded me, there is one phenomenon (a totally non-ideological one, I would say) that makes it easier for the global warming pseudoscience to be widely adopted by millions of seemingly neutral people. And it's their view that they can clearly detect that when they were kids, the weather was colder and winters were cooler, among similar observations.

So Simon remembers that he could ski around his house (near the Small Fatra Mountains); it is impossible now when he is an adult. The snow started 200 meters lower than it starts now (which, if multiplied by the lapse rate, produces a realistic 1 °C of warming but those 200 meters were always extremely far from a constant and they were hidden in a much larger noise). The warming trend is self-evident, he believes: he has measured it by the simplest observations he could make in his life. Any week-long visit to his childhood combined with any week-long visit to his adulthood is enough to establish the difference that the climate has undergone. But is it true?

### Introduction to Edwin's series "Understanding QM"

In Polish notation, operators precede the operands. So + 2 2 equals 4 or 5 or how much it is for you. Austrian logic is apparently the system in which the introduction follows three parts of a series. You should first complete your three schools (kindergarten, elementary school, and driving school); and then you should be born by getting out of the mother's organs. Apologies to the Vienna Circle if that doesn't represent their most important intellectual added value.

## Sunday, August 08, 2021 ... //

### Emperor penguins will obviously not get extinct due to "climate change"

The omnipresent far left-wing media have become a formidable tool of mass misinformation, especially when it comes to questions that depend on nontrivial science (and quite often even stories that depend on totally trivial science). Despite the stories about their growing irrelevance, their impact is stunning. I find it obvious that way over 90% of the basic claims about scientific topics – let me say over 90% of the headlines of science-loaded news stories – are straight lies.

Also, I think that over 90% of the people in the Western world, and it's getting close to that level even in the skeptical Czechia, are successfully brainwashed by almost all of its garbage. Tons of people – including people who have often pretended to have some basic scientific education as well as independently operating brains (or maybe only such people?) – still have to ask me about elementary questions. And it is basically the same questions again and again. I got totally tired because I think that this fight is futile and I have been just wasting my time whenever I tried to increase the public's understanding of science. If you are ready to soften or change your mind about an elementary scientific point that I explained to you just days ago as soon as you hear some self-evident brain-dead or lying crackpot on your left-wing TV channel who says something that directly contradicts facts that you should have known and perfectly understood since the kindergarten years, or at least for days (because that's when I explained those things to you), it is very clear that you just don't have a well-functioning brain.

It is a waste of time to try to explain something to you because just like the opinion of a parrot, your opinion is determined by the sources that you hear most often (you don't understand anything in the world and you have never understood anything in the world, despite the illusions indicating the contrary), and I just can't compete with the braindead gr@tins, Coronazis, and similar unscientific lying subhuman cr@p that you clearly enjoy to listen to and parrot – and you haven't understood that you are just swallowing and parroting feces almost all the time. Please, if you heard some repetition of the usual lies about the Covid hysteria or the climate or broken quantum mechanics or problems with string theory, don't try to ask for my opinion ever again. I have stopped this communication and I viscerally despise and hate brain-dead moronic sheep like you (even though I appreciate that there is a whole class of people who are even worse because they wouldn't even dare to ask me!). I am amazingly disgusted by every second that I have to spend with biological junk like you, OK? Return to your WaPo and Nude Socialist cesspools, this is where you belong.

## Saturday, August 07, 2021 ... //

### Praise of nationalism

Commentary by Alexander Tomský

The book by the famous Israeli philosopher Yoram Hazony, The Virtue of Nationalism, has travelled the world and has come to us under the title The Praise of Nationalism. Since the ten and fifteen years since the publication of the now forgotten Czech-language defenses of the nation-state (Roger Scruton: On the Necessity of Nations and Pierre Manent: Why Nations Exist), the political situation in the West, especially after Brexit and President Trump, who, despite his problematic character, has emboldened American patriots, has changed to a great extent.

## Friday, August 06, 2021 ... //

### Both ATLAS, CMS: it may look like a new $$400\GeV$$ pseudoscalar

These blog posts have become ludicrous but I ultimately decided to publish a short note, this one, on a third pair of excesses. As discussed in a new hep-ph preprint

Interpretation of LHC excesses in ditop and ditau channels as a 400-GeV pseudoscalar resonance
by Arganda and 3 co-authors, yet another mild excess is seen both by ATLAS and CMS.

## Wednesday, August 04, 2021 ... //

### Both ATLAS, CMS: it may look like a new $$28\GeV$$ particle

After a few days of silence, here is another blog post whose title remarkably differs from the previous title. There is quite a diversity of topics here these days, right? ATLAS (an LHC detector) just released a new preprint

Search for Higgs bosons decaying to new spin-0 or spin-1 particles in four-lepton final states at the ATLAS detector with 139/fb of $$pp$$-collision data at $$\sqrt s = 13\TeV$$
OK, these events start with the well-known new $$125\GeV$$ Higgs boson, some of them may decay to $$Z_d Z_d$$, and these two new bosons should decay to four leptons, either electrons or muons or their antiparticles.