Archive for March, 2013

Still remembering Sandy Hook Elementary

I come from a large Catholic family and we are somewhat scattered around the United States although less so than before. One of my brothers and his family live in Newtown, Connecticut. His two boys went to Sandy Hook Elementary. Although they were not directly involved with the horrific events involved in the massacre of the little children and their teachers at the school, Newtown is a small community and everyone there was touched. I don’t know what the solution is to gun violence in America but I do know that if we forget the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre we are much less likely to have a solution. According to the Christian tradition, today begin the time when Christ sacrificed himself and was subsequently resurrected. It is a very holy time that gives seminal hope to Christians around the world. I am optimistic that people of all faiths will remember the children of Newtown and make certain that their sacrifice was not a meaningless end, but rather a triumphant beginning.

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Posted: March 28, 2013 in Miscellaneous

This is just a beautiful photo (color and composition) which I hope you will take a minute to enjoy.

This is a really nicely done photo of spring in Moscow. I like to color and the composure.

This is esoteric stuff – a discussion of quantum consciousness – but if you you are in the mood for a little stretching of the mind, you could find this quite worthwhile.

The Millennium Conjectures™

“You can’t always get what you want.  But if you try sometime, well you just might find, you get what you need.”–The Rolling Stones (Jagger/Richards)

“I’m-a get medieval on your ass.”–Marcellus Wallace (character, Pulp Fiction)

I conjecture:  In a quantum multiverse, one’s consciousness is a composite of the many worlds.

 

You’ve been warned folks: I’m-a get metaphysical on your asses.  What’s worse, it’s a personal, almost solipsistic metaphysics.  Hell, it’s my blog, why can’t I?  I might also add that the next couple of  conjectures will be the most controversial, and to some extent they might contradict each other.  Consider it an appropriate quantum superposition–both simultaneously half true.

Few subjects in the sciences are as controversial as the notion of quantum consciousness, as it meets at the junction of theoretical physics and cognitive psychology, and manages to merge the two phenomena that puzzle scientists the most.  Oh, we understand…

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University of Wisconsin Band - Trumpet Section

I have been feeling extraordinarily tired lately and I felt like I was in need of a big time jolt. When that happens, there is nothing like the University of Wisconsin Band, here represented by its trumpet section, to get me going. The photo is from their performance during a time out at a college basketball between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tribute to Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis, a giant in American journalism, died yesterday at the age of 85. For more than 30 years he wrote a column twice a week for the New York Times. He wrote principally about law and covered the Warren Supreme Court during the period when it was making many of its historic decisions. He was a beautiful writer who took complex legal arguments and boiled them down to an understandable essence. He gave a certain grandeur to the law without in any way making it inaccessible. A feisty liberal who held the Warren Court in high esteem, he wrote eloquently about it both in the Times and in books the most famous of which is probably Gideon’s Trumpet, which was about was about the court’s Gideon v. Wainwright decision upholding the rights of criminal defendants to have a lawyer. When he retired in 2001 I remember how much I wished that he had been around to hear what he had to say about Bush v. Gore and so much of the shenanigans that went on that seems to violate the Constitution in the name of preserving it. I’m guessing that a lot of people who are reading this tribute don’t even know who Anthony Lewis is and that is sad. He was a great American who had a profound understanding of American law and politics and a way of making what seemingly should have been obvious, actually obvious.

A good blog post by economist Mark Thoma that largely quotes Robert Barro, an economist at Harvard and senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution of Stanford University, about what is wrong with the “soak the poor” approach of conservatives as way to solve our nation’s debt problems: ‘For ‘Faster Growth,’ Soak the Poor?’ – Economist’s View.