July 2, 2013
Are you fed up with the continual erosion of our privacy and civil liberties? Are you outraged that the NSA is spying on each and every one of us? Are you looking for a way to help?
The solution is simple: Learn to talk like a terrorist and make it a part of your everyday vernacular. It’s brilliant. Why didn’t I think of that?
July 2, 2013
I know I haven’t written a substantive post on my site for a while. I apologize for that. I’ve been busy working in the lab and doing my own research on various things! I do have plans to write a good post here soon.
Besides studying solid state physics, I’ve been researching international relations and political theory. I’ll be writing up some posts on those things, I think. In the meantime, I found a great video which goes along well with the photograph I posted just the other night.
“Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours, in every one of them there is a succession of incidents, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds. Numberless moments. An immensity of space and time.”
- Carl Sagan
“There are in fact 100 billion galaxies, each of which contain something like a 100 billion stars. Think of how many stars, and planets, and kinds of life there may be in this vast and awesome universe.” “We find that we live on an insignificant planet, of a humdrum star, lost in a galaxy, tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe, in which there are far more galaxies than people.”
- Carl Sagan
June 23, 2013
If you’re up late some night, unable to sleep, and find your thoughts wandering, as mine often do, I’ll ask you to close your eyes and imagine yourself on a walk with me on a rural Missouri country road. We’ll talk about our lives, look up at the stars, and reflect on the big questions of the universe.
And just if you’re wondering, that really is me walking down a moonlit road not far from where I live. While the world sleeps, I do my best thinking under the stars. Special thanks to my friend Greg for taking the picture.
June 17, 2013
The establishment media is doing everything it can to discredit Edward Snowden and it’s not working. It seems the best they’re able to do is talk about where he went to middle school and that his girlfriend likes to pole dance. Really? That’s it? A whistleblower reveals a giant government program (PRISM) which is literally spying on everyone in the entire country, and the only “dirt” you can dig up is that he supports Ron Paul and has an attractive girlfriend?
John Oliver says it best in this next video.
“Snowden, of course, the NSA contractor who revealed the details of their classified PRISM program. Now that is a whistle that has caused problems, not just for the NSA, but for the media. They face a very difficult question. Do they prioritize the legal and ethical implications of an unprecedented government surveillance program, or do they go US Weekly on the messenger?”
- John Oliver, filling in for Jon Stewart on the Daily Show
Edward Snowden is a hero. He felt what his employer is doing is unlawful and he should be protected under federal whistleblower statutes. U.S. law specifically protects whistleblowers – Lloyd – La Follette Act of 1912. The Act states that “the right of employees… to furnish information to either House of Congress, or to a committee or Member thereof, may not be interfered with or denied.”
You can also tell he’s righteous by the establishment’s reaction. Every powerful politician and establishment puppet is on the television screen deriding him, calling him a “traitor”. They say he’s a defector running and hiding in China. Ridiculous.
And you guys want to know the worst thing? If you go on various mainstream websites covering this topic and read the comments, people are making this into a Republican vs Democrat issue. “Where were you when Bush was doing these same things?” UGH! What’s wrong with you people? It was bad when Bush did it, and when Obama extends and expands on these programs, that’s even worse! Come on! Get your head out of the sand. They’re both evil!
June 15, 2013
Last night I decided to relax and play video games and ended up spending some time talking with one of the players in an online game. I was actually taken back when she told me that thought necessarily leads to extreme depression and sometimes even suicidal feelings. I asked her why she thought that way, and she told me that when we reflect on our lives, we find our minds jumping back to all the painful events and many of us just can’t handle this world. It pushes us down and we never get up.
I wanted to jump through the computer screen, take her hand, and then ask her,
Have you ever flown through the moon’s shadow into the light?
As she stares at me, puzzled, I’d have her close her eyes and then gently touch her forehead, casting a magical spell allowing us to share thoughts. We’d then proceed.
As we moved over the surface of Earth, I’d keep saying,
“Further, higher! Above the horizon! Further, higher!”
We’d then end up on the moon, and from the lunar surface I’d thrust her into space until she was wrapped in a blanket of distant stars. Then I’d ask her,
“Have you ever had thoughts like this?”