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November 18, 2008

OBAMA SENDS CLEAR MESSAGE ON GLOBAL WARMING.... A two-day gathering called the Bi-Partisan Governors Global Climate Summit convened this morning in Los Angeles, and Barack Obama made an unexpected video presentation, vowing a "new chapter in American leadership on climate change."

If you can't watch clips online, the Washington Post has a full transcript of the text, but I'd note that Obama offered unambiguous remarks on the issue, criticizing the federal government's recent failures, touting a federal cap and trade system, promising to "invest $15 billion each year to catalyze private sector efforts to build a clean energy future," and citing specific annual targets on emission reductions.

Obama also spoke to the international delegations (12 counties sent representatives to this week's event) on hand in L.A. "Let me also say a special word to the delegates from around the world who will gather in Poland next month: your work is vital to the planet," Obama said. "While I won't be President at the time of your meeting and while the United States has only one President at a time, I've asked members of Congress who are attending the conference as observers to report back to me on what they learn there. And once I take office, you can be sure that the United States will once again engage vigorously in these negotiations, and help lead the world toward a new era of global cooperation on climate change."

In other words, don't worry about that Bush guy; hope is on the way.

As Greg Sargent noted, "Pretty refreshing to have an adult as incoming president."

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Twelve counties?

Yes, it is refreshing to have someone ... Well, to have realistic goals and then to, I dunno, try to do something about them rather than forgetting they ever said anything about it.

Posted by: Crissa on November 18, 2008 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

"Pretty refreshing to have an adult as incoming president" - Indeed.

But, due to not having the Fairness Doctrine in place, we are spared the rejoinder from St Sarah d'Arc riding on her stalwart steed moose and speaking of "bonding" with the expanding polar bears.

Posted by: berttheclock on November 18, 2008 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

An adult as president?

What a concept.

I hope America is ready for some serious changes, because of the Bush administration we are now eight years behind where we would have been so it's going to take a lot more work in a shorter timeframe. Carbon taxes MUST be implemented, and that will cause a lot of people to scream bloody murder, but the alternative is to have everyone's kids live in hell.

I can see a lot of Americans thinking "Hmm... cheap gas, or my kids live in hell... I dunno..."

Posted by: Racer X on November 18, 2008 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

only one President at a time

Can't wait until we have one.

Posted by: Danp on November 18, 2008 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

i gotta admire the power of idealism.

yes, Obama is saying the right things. now, tell me (1) how much he can do on climate without Congress, (2) whether monied and institutional interests that fund campaigns will be opposed to Obama's ideas.

now, look at the post and thread directly below this one and ask yourselves "will anything that requires political courage, anything that would require Democratic Senators to have a spine, really get passed?"

the answer is as close as the adjacent thread.

dreams are made to be dashed, my starry eyed friends.

Posted by: zeitgeist on November 18, 2008 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK

Global warning will be a serious problem during the next four years, with all the hot air that will be comming from Washington.

Posted by: Al on November 18, 2008 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

--As Greg Sargent noted, "Pretty refreshing to have an adult as incoming president."

I can't count the number of people who told me this same thing eight years ago. (Granted, they were Republicans.) It's way too early to judge Obama.

Posted by: Larry on November 18, 2008 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

It's all just talk.

Wait till he appoints Daniel Inhofe the Secretary of the EPA in the spirit of partisanship, just as he supported the backstabber Joe Lieberman.

I think McCain is right. Obama is very eqloquent. But that's it.

Posted by: gregor on November 18, 2008 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

whether monied and institutional interests that fund campaigns will be opposed to Obama's ideas. zeitgeist

Sure they will, but I think you're being a bit too binary here. He'll bring them into the tent, because he has to and because the economy is also important. So he'll make compromises, but he can also get things done like subsidizing wind and sun energy, hybrids and fuel efficiency standards. I think he can also set CO2 emission standards through the EPA, no?

Posted by: Danp on November 18, 2008 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

No, no, no! Obama didn't start his presidency by settling a meaningless score with Lieberman! All hope for change is lost!

Posted by: RollaMO on November 18, 2008 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

"will anything that requires political courage, anything that would require Democratic Senators to have a spine, really get passed?"
Posted by: zeitgeist

I think Obama's real talent is bring people together for a common cause. He did it in the primaries and the campaign and I feel like he is going to do it with economic, environmental, and oil independence issues. The D's won't need spine because everyone but the fringe and special interest will be on board. I predict Obama is going to make the life of a Congressman in the 111th is going to be good. Lots of good legislation that is supported by most of their piers, D's and R's.

Second term is when the wrestling will occur and spines will have to grown.

Posted by: ScottW on November 18, 2008 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK


Posted by: Marko on November 18, 2008 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK


1) It isn't about Obama, really. It is about the Senate.

2) It isn't just about settling a score with JoeLie. That is merely the latest reminder that things we all identified during the last few years haven't changed just because of what occurred election day. The Republicans were able to literally control the Senate from a minority position -- something the Dems could never do when the Repubs were in power. The Senate Dems caved on issue after issue, and never forced the Repubs hands. The Lieberman vote is not the disease, it is a new symptom, reminding us that the disease -- chronic inability to stand up for anything -- remains.

3) The score is not meaningless. If we are going to have a party system - and for now, we do - those parties mean something and are important in terms of the power to move an agenda. Being a member of that party has to mean something as well. For 8 years under Bush, no misfeasance or malfeasance was the basis for any accountability - I personally saw that as one of the biggest structural problems with the Bush administration. If JoeLie wants to take a seat that is a plum available to the Democrats, despite technically being a member of the Connecticut for Lieberman party, it is not too much to expect that he not speak at the RNC, not say untrue attacks on our candidate, and not campaign for Republican Senate Candidates. If there no accountability for that, why should anyone feel obliged to the party leadership, the party platform, vote with leadership on key votes, share funds with the DSCC and DCCC, etc? Then where are we? No, accountability is never "meaningless."

Posted by: zeitgeist on November 18, 2008 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK

It will never cease to amaze me that people, like RollaMO is demonstrating here, can clearly operate a computer, but can't grasp simple facts.

Meaningless score with Lieberman? Hardly. It's about not holding Bush accountable, which was his job. Why didn't we investigate the Bush administration's mishandling of Katrina? Joe Lieberman. Why didn't we investigate *anything* the Bush administration did? Joe Lieberman.

It's not about baseless, underhanded campaigning with Republicans, that's just salt in the wound. It's about not doing his job. Period.

As zeitgeist pointed out long ago, in the real world, when you don't do your job, you lose it.

Posted by: doubtful on November 18, 2008 at 2:02 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, RollaMo, but the Lieberman fiasco wasn't about settling a meaningless score. It was about demonstrating effective leadership. It was about bringing change (remember that word that Obama campaigned on?) to the old-boy network of Washington that maintains the status quo.

If Obama and the Dems can't understand the need for party discipline in the case of Joe Lieberman, then we are in for four years of nothing. The GOP will be obstructing every move Obama tries to make and he's just shown us he is willing to bend over and take it like the good bitch he is.

I am disgusted and disapponted.

Posted by: Bucky on November 18, 2008 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK

The "meaningless" comment applies only to Obama's interest in this. You think it makes sense to start your presidency by using your influence to hit back at Lieberman? You are right, this is about the Senate. Lieberman knows the Dems better than anyone, and he knew they would cave all along. Be pissed, but if you are going to be pissed at Obama, please detail how his role to can him helps his presidency.

Posted by: RollaMO on November 18, 2008 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream!

So long George, time for eloquence in the Whitehouse!

Addressing climate change is what we all must face.

Is our president learning yet (the present one)?

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on November 18, 2008 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

I am not particularly pissed at Obama (my beef lies with Senators and Reid in particular), so I am probably not the best one to answer, but I will say that Obama was under no obligation to say anything at all - he was busy with the transition, it is Senate business, etc. He chose to enter the arena by offering public support to ensuring that JoeLie would remain in caucus. Once he does that, critique of his involvement seems fair game.

Posted by: zeitgeist on November 18, 2008 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

Critique of his involvement is fair game. He should have just said "this is the Senate's business, it's not appropriate for me as President-elect to comment" and left it at that. But, what I'm seeing over the two weeks since the election is beyond mere critique. It's like all the energy from the campaign has yet to wind down, and no one has taken a breath.

Posted by: RollaMO on November 18, 2008 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

Not feeling it. The Democratic establishment just sent a huge FU to its grassroots. If we can be won back with just a couple meaningless words, we don't deserve good representation in government.

Posted by: anon on November 18, 2008 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

"Pretty refreshing to have an adult as incoming president."

I've waited eight years to say this: When the Bushies took office after the stolen election, the first thing Donald Rumsfeld (remember him?) said was, "Now the adults are in charge."

Now the responsible adults are in charge.

Posted by: ericfree on November 18, 2008 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

Today basic medicine, science including climatology, astrophysics and even both Einstein’s Special Theory and General Theory of relativity are brazenly and routinely falsified at the direction of Fascist elements for political/religious reasons. These scientifically fabricated and bizarre distortions are mixed in with some actual science and are passed of as “the new science” in exhaustive falsifications lasting for hours on NOVA and FRONTLINE, not to mention the new textbooks! Can you say Total Brainwash of the youth? Not to mention the adult population! The widespread genuine academic opposition to these wide-scale falsifications of science is never given equal time! We demand and will take some time to refute the U.S.-led capitalist dictatorship’s lies..

The Capitalist Dictatorship’s Attempt to Falsify the
Age of the Universe to Help Provide False Belief in “god”

The capitalists have tried to falsify the actual age of the Universe and the infinite cycle of a Big Bang followed by a Big Crunch, meaning a closed rather than an open universe, because the reality of a closed universe does not fit with the religious brainwash of a single creation and belief in a supernatural fictitious “god.” (The statecraft of capitalism’s alliance with religion and belief in “god” and other superstition is exposed further below.) The reality is that the process of contraction of the Universe begins soon after the Big Bang, which begins the process of expansion. The process of contraction began with the first condensations of gas after the Big Bang. At first the process of expansion is dominant, but the processes of expansion and contraction exist simultaneously from shortly after the Big Bang until finally the process of contraction becomes dominant and all galactic matter is finally drawn into Supermassive Black Holes, which today form the centers of all spiral galaxies and elliptical galaxies in the process of becoming spiral galaxies. These Supermassive Black Holes, which are growing larger continuously, finally link up all existing matter of the universe finally at one spot in the Big Crunch, at which time critical mass in the true and ultimate sense is reached for another Big Bang Cycle and the beginning of another Universe. The critical mass density required for the Big Crunch to occur is 1 x 10 to the negative 29th of a gram per cubic centimeter (approximately 5 hydrogen atoms per cubic meter), according to the calculation from the General Theory of Relativity, with neutrinos know known to supply the “missing mass.” (See below.) The fact that the expansion and contraction of the Universe occur simultaneously is one more example of the Law of Unity of Opposites, the Second Law of and Historical Materialism and the correctness of the scientific philosophy of Dialectical and Historical Materialism, as opposed to the false philosophies of idealism and metaphysics, which are the only philosophies permitted to be seriously taught in U.S. colleges and universities, and which form the underlying basis for all phony “cosmological” theory! See further below!

Back Holes Have Mass and a Size Which
Can Be Calculated and Rotate on an Axis!

In addition, in the Big Crunch matter most certainly does NOT collapse to “a single point less than the size of a single molecule,” a totally ridiculous assertion by the so-called “string theorists” (see below) designed to try to discredit the Theory of the Big Bang/Big Crunch Cycle of the Universe. Black Holes are formed exclusively of condensed nuclear material; protons and neutrons (composed of quarks) and electrons (composed of leptons) devoid of their orbits and all motion, all collapsed together. The end point of all matter in the Big Crunch is a Single Black Hole, the so-called “singularity.” All Black Holes have the same mass density which is said to be infinite, but which is no smaller than the mass of all combined nuclear material from all stars or gas contained in the Black Hole as explained above. The only difference is the difference in mass. Please note that while some of the information provided below may appear to be somewhat technical it is necessary for any subsequent challenges which might be made of this dialectical an historical materialist analysis. An educated reader should be able to understand most of it and follow for the most part the explanations which follow, which have in turn have vast political implications. A few key references are provided and the reader can research the area independently.

Black Holes have mass and size just as neutron stars (pulsars) also have mass!! All Black Holes, both Stellar Black Holes and Supermassive Black Holes (the result of combination of millions of solar masses) which form the center of evolving elliptical galaxies and all spiral galaxies, also rotate extremely rapidly just like neutron stars, some of which are estimated to be only 8 to 20 miles in diameter, and rotate in 1.4 milliseconds to 30 seconds! All stars rotate on a central axis to some degree due to the angular momentum of gas approaching the center of the proto-star prior to the ignition of hydrogen fusion. In other words the gravitational collapse of gas in star formation is not uniform just as its opposite, an explosion such as the Big Bang is not uniform. When the radius of the star is reduced drastically in stellar collapse the angular momentum remains the same but the momentum of inertia is sharply reduced. The standard example is that of a figure skater spinning with outstretched arms who speeds up by pulling in his/her arms. Black Holes are formed from the collapse of the largest Blue Giant stars 5 to 20 or more solar masses. Neutron stars are formed from the explosion of stars with 1.35 to 2.1 solar masses in a Type II, Type Ib or Type Ic supernova explosion. The rapid rotation of Supermassive Black Holes is in fact the reason Spiral Galaxies exist in the flattened disk form they do with spiral arms—because of the huge gravitational force exerted by the rapid rotation of Supermassive Black Holes which form their galactic centers! As the rotating Supermassive Black Hole in the galactic center gradually increases in size through accumulation/accretion of more stellar material and gas, the elliptical galaxy, which is in the process of becoming a spiral galaxy, first flattens due to the rapid rotation of the Supermassive Black Hole in its center.

The spiral arms comprised of outlying stars are formed by the combination of the gravitational force coming from the rapidly rotating galactic center and the relative gravitational attraction of one outlying star to another based on their actual distances from one another. As the outlying stars approach neighboring stars due to gravity this leaves other areas where stars are much less concentrated giving rise to the appearance of usually 2 major spiral arms originating from each end of the central bar often found in the galactic center, as well as several minor spiral arms, all of which are actually in the process of being gradually drawn inexorably toward the galactic center. The gravitational force of the Black Hole, the mass of which is steadily increasing, gradually overcomes the outward centripetal force caused by its rapid rotation.

Central bars form after the Supermassive Black Hole in the center of a large spiral reaches a certain size and are therefore found more prevalently in more massive galaxies where the required mass is reached sooner. Central bars form when stellar orbits in a spiral galaxy become unstable and deviate from a circular path. The tiny elongations in the stars' orbits grow and become locked into place, forming a bar. The bar becomes even stronger as it locks more and more of these elongated orbits into place. Eventually a high fraction of the stars in the galaxy's inner region join the bar. The galactic center thus attracts both gas and stars. This concentration of gas at the center of spiral galaxies does result in the formation of new stars but does not represent the primary or original source of star formation, which occurs in the beginning of formation of galaxies from gravitational condensation and collapse of primordial gas clouds. The central bars draw a large amount of gas towards the galactic center, fueling this new star formation, building central bulges of stars, and feeding the massive central black hole. The formation of a bar may be one of the last stages in the evolution of a spiral galaxy prior to its eventual total collapse entirely into its central Supermassive Black Hole.

The Hubble Constant is a calculation of the speed at which the universe is expanding and is crucial in calculating the age of the Universe. Four methods have been used to estimate the Hubble Constant and age of the Universe. The most recent method employed by Allan Sandage, et al measures the distances to Type 1a Supernovae explosions in distant galaxies and then confirms those measurements by comparing the relative luminosities of Cepheid variable stars as so-called “standard candles,” while Wendy Freedman’s NASA team uses Cepheid Variable stars alone, which is a lot less accurate. Freedman’s method especially is an easy method in which to either err or to deliberately falsify results as she and her NASA team have clearly done. (See below.) The typical errors in calculating the Hubble Constant include: 1.) “the universal, yet unjustified Period-Luminosity relation of Cepheid (variable stars), 2.) neglect of selection bias in magnitude-limited samples or 3.) the errors are inherent to the adopted models,” which cause most values of the Hubble Constant and corresponding estimates of the age of the Universe to be incorrect as explained in detail in the most comprehensive review which has yet been published, which also includes the Sandage team’s most recent calculation of the Hubble Constant to date of 62.3 +or–1.3, which is based on measurements to 279 galaxies: “The expansion field: the value of the Hubble Constant,” by G.A Tammann, A. Sandage and B. Reindl, Astron Astrophys Rev (2008), 8 July 2008, 15:289-331, DOI 10.1007/s00159-800-9912-y.

This value of the Hubble Constant corresponds to an age of the Universe of approximately 13.7 billion years, which should be sufficient to permit the Big Crunch. However even this method of calculation of the Hubble Constant, which as exhaustively explained and documented by Allan Sandage et al, is fraught with potential errors cited above, which Sandage takes account of and systematically avoids. As mentioned above Wendy Freedman and Co. on the other hand use only Cepheid variable stars in their “calculations” and deliberately include faulty (fraudulent) data in their calculations as explained to this writer personally by Allan Sandage, therefore making Freedman & Co.’s method of determination of the Hubble Constant even easier to falsify. Such data is systematically excluded by Sandage et al. as explained above. In response to the withering but suppressed critique by Sandage et al, known primarily only to other astrophysicists who follow these matters, Freedman has published a slew of pathetic papers addressing such topics as “correction of errors involving optical extragalactic background light (EBL), sampling-induced errors, magnitude errors, and random and optimal sampling,” etc. where she always comes up with ridiculously high (fraudulent) values for the Hubble Constant. Fraudulent data was necessary for Freedman & Co. to reinvent the entirely fictitious so-called “dark energy,” Einstein’s “Cosmological Constant,” (“My greatest blunder!” See below), which is declared to be “the opposite of gravity” and which has no scientific explanation whatsoever but is proffered as “the reason” the capitalist dictatorship and its media (and textbook) propagandists now say that the expansion of the Universe has unexplainably “speeded up,” a “finding” which violates all previous findings not to mention all known rules of physics including the General Theory of Relativity! In other words this finding is totally invented, totally fabricated, a Big Lie to end all Big Lies! All designed to achieve political-religious-propagandistic objectives. See below. Legitimate opposing viewpoints are simply ignored and in practice not permitted to be heard! How jolly!

Regarding the most recent results given above for the Hubble Constant, this writer would still prefer to accept Sandage’s previous calculation of 55 +or-5, which has been repeatedly established in papers from 1975, 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1995, although it may certainly be possible that the 62.3 +or-1.3 value is the most accurate and it is certainly can be argued that 55 +or-5 is not that far removed from the new figure. The reason for this caution is that Allan Sandage is now 82 years old and although he is 100% intellectually intact and in control of all of his faculties his name is listed second in the above paper indicating that he himself may not have collected the data used in the calculation giving 62.3 +or-1.3 for the Hubble Constant. I have not spoken or corresponded with the other members of his team, which also includes A. Saha who was not included in the above paper, as I have with Allan Sandage, so I can not rule out alteration of the raw data to give a falsely high Hubble Constant by certain personnel who might be bribed by the NASA forces in charge of the Key Project, which was set up determined to achieve a certain result come hell or high water. This issue is important enough to the capitalist dictatorship so that they would leave no stone unturned to tweek the results in their direction for reasons explained further below.

The U.S. so-called “intelligence community” organized the so-called “Key Project” in order to cover up the cyclic nature of the Universe from Big Bang to Big Crunch. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was built primarily for the “Key Project.” This is an important point. The capitalist dictatorship chose Wendy Freedman to lead the project rather than the obvious choice, Allan Sandage, the legendary, most preeminent and world-renowned astrophysicist as well as the number one authority on the Hubble Constant along with his internationally renowned group of astrophysicist colleagues. See above. The reason was that Sandage’s studies up to that point had shown the universe to be “between 14 and 18 billion years old, depending on what is assumed about the mass of the universe.” This corresponds to a Hubble Constant, which he and colleagues had repeatedly calculated to be 55 +or-5 as cited above. An older age, of course, would mean that the Universe contained easily enough matter to permit the Big Crunch, which is the key point the capitalist propagandists want to discredit because that would rule out a single creation and make the existence of a god, for which there is no scientific evidence whatsoever, even more unlikely! This is the actual statecraft behind the “Key Project.” See further below.

Freedman’s initial claim that the Universe was only 8 billion years old was obviously fraudulent, as have been all of her subsequent “estimations.” All of Freedman’s estimations of the age of the universe and the Hubble Constant have been designed to try to fraudulently invalidate (!) the Big Bang, the Big Crunch especially and the cyclic nature of the Universe in particular. The preposterous claim of an 8 billion year age is a direct attack on the Big Bang, which has been verified worldwide. In her initial unrestrained enthusiasm to falsify and misinterpret her own data (see above) Freedman forgot about the 1.) Red shift discovered by Edwin Hubble (see below) and 2.) the detection of the cosmic microwave background radiation, which is the residual effect of the Big Bang both of which exist as irrefutable evidence for the Big Bang origin of the Universe! Anyone using simple inductive reasoning would immediately begin to smell a rat! The capitalist dictatorship has a long history of political meddling and sabotage in virtually all fields of scientific and medical research and a history of using scientific advances against the masses in order to control them and also to reduce the population according to their own perceived needs, e.g. from Bio-warfare to Bio-fuels (through enforced starvation). In January 2003 Freedman was made the Director of the Carnegie Observatories located in Pasadena, California where Allan Sandage works thereby placing her above him as a maneuver to make her fraudulent estimates of the Hubble Constant appear more authoritative in the public eye!

There is no such thing as “Dark Energy” and the Universe has not suddenly increased its rate of expansion as falsely claimed by these frauds. Just the opposite! The rate of expansion of the Universe has continued to slow! All previous studies have indicated that is the case. The universe is not open. It is NOT flat! It is closed. In reality there are no “worm holes.” For worm holes to exist just within the known universe would require changing space-time topology and regions of negative energy, which does not actually exist. There are no “strings.” “string theory” is a mathematical attempt to try to refute and supplant, not explain, the Theory of Quantum Mechanics the foundations of which were established during the first half of the twentieth century by Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Albert Einstein, etc.! See below for the most likely solution to the Grand Unified Theory.

It should also be noted that although we may be able to receive light from galaxies which started its journey virtually at the beginning of the Universe, that light does not portray the reality at this point in time of that galaxy which was the source of that light. The reality is that most of the universe is undoubtedly relatively uniform in its development today except where there are huge clouds of gas from super novae explosions and where there are huge accumulations of matter such as the Great Wall of galaxies, the latter of which formed due to the irregularities which occurred in the Big Bang just as in any other explosion. In other words the light from our own galaxy, the Milky Way, would appear to be receding from the most distant galaxies at the same rate that their light is receding from our own galaxy! This should be a no-brainer but is rarely if ever mentioned. The only point of view which is ever mentioned is from the Earth as if it were the center of creation.

The Fact That Neutrinos Have Mass Provides Basis
For the Big Crunch and Totally Refutes “String Theory!”

The false claim that there is supposedly “insufficient Dark Matter” to permit the Big Crunch to take place is entirely refuted by the discovery that neutrinos have mass! This fact was first reported on July 1, 1998 by a collaboration of 120 U.S. and Japanese physicists at the Neutrino 98 meeting in Takayama, Japan and submitted to Physical Review Letters. (By Super-Kamiokande Collaboration (Y. Fukuda et al.) Phys.Rev.Lett.81:1562-1567,1998.) Neutrinos have sufficient weight to allow the Big Crunch! The experiment measured the differences in mass of the three types of neutrinos to be 0.1 eV or greater. The group reported that the simplest interpretation of the solar and atmospheric results is that the heaviest neutrino has a mass of 0.1 eV. However, they reported that since oscillations between the 3 types of neutrinos depend only on the differences in mass it is possible that the masses of all three neutrinos are fully 1 eV or greater, but that it is the mass differences which are much smaller. (They allow for the “possibility.” How nice! They know that the majority of physicists do not simply automatically accept the interpretation which is proffered.)
This makes the most sense and is of course suppressed for political reasons. (See below.) If the mass of the neutrino is 1 eV that would mean that neutrinos account for more mass in the universe than all of the protons and neutrons put together easily supplying the dark matter necessary for the Big Crunch. The critical mass density required for the Big Crunch to occur is 1 x 10 to the negative 29th of a gram per cubic centimeter (approximately 5 hydrogen atoms per cubic meter), according to the calculation from the General Theory of Relativity. In addition, the fact that neutrinos have mass also provides the basis for the Grand Unified Theory which links the gravitational force described in the General Theory of Relativity with the strong and the weak forces and electromagnetism described in the Theory of Quantum Mechanics. Einstein struggled and failed to formulate this theory, but it has already been shown that at high enough energies electromagnetism and the weak force are the same force known as the electroweak force. It is theorized that if energies are increased even further and neutrinos acquire mass, which has now been fully documented, all the known forces will reduce to the same force thus providing the basis for the Grand Unified Theory. Instead these facts are de-emphasized with the false claim that “no one—not even Einstein—has been able formulate the Grand Unified Theory” in order to try to open the door to fraudulent “string theory.” The 1998 report that neutrinos have mass was blipped in the media and then neutrino research was de-funded worldwide and thereafter suppressed for a period of time. Wonder why?? It is time to employ some inductive reasoning, which is in fact scientific reasoning.

The Big Crunch will arrive on schedule and another universe will begin! Einstein once said that a theory of the universe should be both simple and elegant. He would definitely be rolling over in his grave if he were made aware of today’s totally contrived “science” especially the attempt by these fakers to re-introduce his fudge factor, the so-called “cosmological constant,” which Einstein invented/fabricated to allow for a static solution to his equations, which he was later forced to admit was false after the discovery of the Redshift by Edwin Hubble, which occurs when light or any type of electromagnetic radiation from distant galaxies shifts toward longer wavelengths, the less energetic part of the spectrum, due to the Doppler effect, thus indicating that those galaxies are moving away from our galaxy, the Milky Way (and vice versa) and that the Universe is (still) expanding (while it is also simultaneously contracting on another level—see below). (The Redshift in light from receding galaxies is proportional to their distance from Earth. That is Hubble’s Law.)

The false assumption of a static universe had prevented Einstein from predicting that the universe was expanding. Einstein admitted that the “cosmological constant” was his “biggest blunder.” (In December 1930 Einstein went to Cal Tech on a visiting professorship where he worked with Edwin Hubble and reportedly also apologized for his error.) In 1998 the U.S. so-called “intelligence community,” directed their fleet of fake “cosmologists” and some opportunist and duped astrophysicists to try to pass off Einstein’s fraudulent cosmological constant as the entirely fictitious and admittedly totally unexplained so-called “dark energy,” (!) AKA “quintessence, “ which is supposedly responsible for a supposed “speeding up of the rate of expansion of the Universe,” which is NOT in fact actually occurring. This rubbish has even been forced into advanced textbooks in astrophysics as good coin. The reason for these wholesale falsifications of astrophysics is due to the capitalists’ desperation to establish a false basis to claim that the Universe supposedly had a single creation and that it will expand infinitely rather than collapse once again in the Big Crunch completing another cycle in an infinite number. The U.S. governments’ position more easily allows for the existence of a “god” as “the creator.”

The reason that the capitalists have formed an alliance with religion is that the capitalists depend on religion, belief in god and the supernatural as important weapons of deception directed against the masses! This also helps explain the appearance of fraudulent so-called “string theory” which postulates multiple universes, eleven dimensions, rather than the 4 dimensions which actually do measurably exist. Stephen Hawking the ego-tripping, media-hyped “cosmologist” also postulated supposed “wormholes from one universe to another” as well as supposed “wormholes” from one end of our universe to the other to permit time travel “faster than the speed of light” (both of which are completely refuted by Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. While Hawking retreated on being so reminded, Heisenberg is brazenly ignored by other professional police-agent propagandists who are committed to such Big Lies of confusion such as the New York Times’ despicable Dennis Overbye (Oy!), Brian Greene and WBAI’s huckster Michio Kaku, who incidentally also covers up the fact that AIDS is Biowarfare by the U.S. Government Against Blacks and Gays primarily and tries to confuse his trusting, credulous listeners (and even students!) on innumerable other issues. The bottom line is that the capitalists want the masses to believe in a god—any god—even though there is no scientific basis whatsoever to support belief in a god (precisely the opposite)—because, to the extent that they believe in god, those who do believe in god believe that what happens in the world, including both natural events and political events, happens according to god’s will! The reality is that natural events occur due to the natural laws of science, physics and evolution, and what happens in world political events is due primarily to the decisions and actions of the U.S.-led world capitalist dictatorship, which still dominates world events! In the mind of the believer, god and the capitalist dictatorship—the capitalist government—become one! The capitalist government becomes god in the mind of the believer! This is pretty strong stuff and is what Karl Marx meant when he described religion as the opiate of the masses. Such false belief patterns of believers in god blunt the thrust for revolutionary change. Revolutionary change requires an absolutely scientific, objective and logical analysis of political events, political contradiction and political history, in order to learn how to carry out effective social change, meaning Socialist Revolution here in the United States and worldwide!

The Scientific Basis of Atheism:
The Origin of Matter is an Unknowable!

The capitalist dictatorship would have the masses believe that there is no limit on humankind’s knowledge, that everything is knowable and that everything was created by god. But this is false; there is a limit on knowledge and there is no god. Because of the fact that we exist as part of the Universe we can not exit the Universe, stand outside it and declare that a god, much larger than we are naturally but of course in our own image, who naturally is usually white and always male never female, created the Universe. The corollary is that the origin of matter is an unknowable! The false claim of supposed “wormholes” by the string theorists of course is a way to try to condition peoples’ minds to believe that they can do the opposite and exit the Universe, and is designed to set up the belief patterns for belief in god. (And while you’re at it, after you have exited the Universe don’t forget to check out “god,” he’s right over there. Right near that wormhole you just crawled out of!) Modern science has answered virtually all questions except one: the origin of matter. This is an unknowable. What is knowable is the cyclic nature of the Universe and the evolution of life, which is inevitable given basic necessary conditions. See above. Today religion and god continue to be invoked by the capitalist dictatorship to explain both the origin of life, matter and the existence of the Universe, rather than simply agreeing that certain things are unknowable. The reason is that the capitalist dictatorship uses religion to control the masses is explained above.

The original basis for belief in god (multiple gods initially) and religion was due to humankind’s inability to explain natural events and life itself. Primitive society had to have an explanation for what could not yet be explained scientifically. The philosophy of antiquity was primitive, spontaneously evolved materialism (Engels), which found its expression in polytheism where various gods were invented in the minds of primitive peoples, which were thought to control different areas of life: There was a sun god, a moon god, a weather god(s) thought to control rain, thunder and lightning, a god for earthquakes, a god of the seas, a god for day, a god for night and in some societies a god to control almost every aspect of life. Polytheism however was incapable of clearing up the relation between mind and matter. As Engels explains: “the need to get clarity on this question led to the doctrine of a soul separable from the body, then to the assertion of the immortality of this soul, and finally to monotheism.” As humankind’s thought gradually advanced and natural events acquired scientific explanations, polytheism gave way to monotheism. The old materialism was therefore negated by idealism. But in the course of the further development of philosophy, idealism, too, has become untenable in a practical sense and has been negated by modern Dialectical and Historical Materialism, presently tightly suppressed by the capitalist dictatorship.

Prior to the development of modern materialism, which serves as the basis for this analysis, and existing simultaneously with its development, organized religion formed pacts with the existing power structures, pacts which have spanned the entire sequence of civilization from the primitive slave societies of Egypt, Greece and Rome to the feudalism-based monarchies of Europe to today’s rapidly hardening war-based capitalist dictatorship. When the French Monarchy and the nobility were overthrown in the French Revolution the Catholic Church was first rejected as a competing center of power but then embraced as indispensable by the emerging bourgeoisie, which emerged victorious under Napoleon Bonaparte when it became clear that the peasantry, which had carried out the revolution could not organize or wield power. The bourgeoisie quickly realized that religion was necessary to control the masses as under the Monarchy and signed the Concordat of 1801 that reestablished the Catholic Church in France but with reduced influence. This has continued into the modern day where the capitalist dictatorship uses the belief in god and religion to blunt the thrust for revolutionary change as explained above. NAZI Germany also signed the Reichskonkordat in 1933 with the Catholic Church and similar agreements with the protestant churches in Germany, which were an important step in international acceptance of the NAZIs. Today the capitalists work overtime to keep alive the belief in a “supreme being,” taking advantage of man’s arrogance and insistence to be able to explain everything. As mentioned above humankind cannot exit the universe and is limited in this way. In the same way the origin of matter is also thus unknowable. The scientific basis of atheism includes but is not limited to the knowledge of the Special Theory of Relativity, The General Theory of Relativity, The Theory of Quantum Mechanics, the Big Bang/Big Crunch Cycle of the Universe, the origin of life through the Primordial Soup Theory of Stanley Miller and Harold Urey and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection. This scientific basis of life and the universe does not hold a place for a god. The capitalists’ propagandists try to keep the false idea of a god alive by claiming that science and religion are not incompatible. But they are incompatible! There is no scientific basis for belief in a god and the religious Fascists know it very well. That is why they wage a continuous never-ending battle against science in the classroom. The capitalists also front large organizations such as the John Templeton Foundation and the Stanford Templeton Research Institute for Nature, God and Science (STRINGS) to try to reconcile religion and belief in god. Good grief! Don’t be fooled for a second!

Religious superstition can play no constructive role in either in genuinely progressive thought or the process of organizing a Socialist Revolution in the United States. On the other hand the Socialist Revolution, while it does not support religion, permits no crushing of any religion nor does it not pit one religion against another as the capitalists do routinely as part of their strategy of divide and conquer. This is what the capitalists are doing in Iraq right now as part of their strategy of divide and conquer. The future of religion will be determined by an open long-term debate over time in a revolutionary evolving society and the strength of scientific evidence in addition to the polemics carried out by proponents of all religions as well as the proponents of atheism and Dialectical and Historical Materialism.

NOTE: the following paragraphs precede the above paragraphs in the entire piece about Global Warming and are in the proper order in the other email I have sent.

The Runaway Greenhouse Effect has already occurred on Venus where all the CO2 is found in the 932 degrees Fahrenheit (500 degrees Centigrade) atmosphere. The water in the oceans of Venus, which were nearly the size of the oceans on Earth, all evaporated away very early because of the heat generated by Runaway Greenhouse Effect caused by the fact that Venus receives 30% more sunlight than the Earth. The evaporating oceans finally boiled away completely after the temperature reached a measly 212 degrees Fahrenheit—on its way to the present 932 degrees Fahrenheit. Once in the upper atmosphere ultraviolet radiation from the sun split the H20 apart into hydrogen, which disappeared into space and oxygen, which reacted with minerals on the surface and also disappeared from the atmosphere. The Evolution of Life is what prevented a Runaway Greenhouse Effect from occurring on Earth as it did on Venus! Life did not evolve on Venus, with the consequence that there was no plant and animal life to absorb the gradual build-up of CO2 from volcanoes, which eventually formed the thick atmosphere which exists on Venus today composed primarily of CO2 (96.5%) with the remainder nitrogen (3.5%) and other minor components expressed in a few parts per million plus a sulfuric acid cloud deck beginning at about 50 kilometers above the surface. On Earth the CO2 which was released into the atmosphere through volcanoes went into evolving vegetation and then animal life, which over hundreds of millions of years became deposited in the crust of the Earth as the fossil fuels coal and oil. There is no carbon found in the crust of Venus. That is how we know that life did not evolve on Venus. Today the frenzied burning of those fossil fuels here on Earth has resulted in having the huge amount of CO2 stored in them being released all at once into the atmosphere. The Earth’s carbon sinks, the Earth’s natural storage mechanisms for CO2—the rain forests other vegetation and the oceans—have a limit and are now being overwhelmed. As occurred on Venus billions of years ago, that process now appears to have reached the stage of the Runaway Greenhouse Effect here on Earth. Without a Socialist Revolution here in the United States, which is the only possible way to still reverse that process, the situation on Venus today is the future of the Earth in the not so distant future. We are presently experiencing the beginning of that future. Life on Earth will become totally unlivable far before we arrive at the situation existing on Venus today.

The temperature on Earth does not have to rise very much to destroy all life. This is the reality which fake “opposition” figures such as James Hansen and Al Gore deliberately hide, while they attempt to control the issue and lead it to defeat. (See below.) In the 1951 science fiction/political film, The Day The Earth Stood Still, the Earth was visited by people in a flying saucer from a more advanced civilization which delivered an ultimatum at the end: “It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.” The result of Earth being reduced to a burned out cinder is clearly not limited to war and peace or even nuclear war. Although it goes without saying that capitalism-imperialism, due to its internal dynamic as explained herein, automatically extends violence everywhere and even to outer space with its Star Wars Program, etc. (which has thankfully not yet been realized in practice), capitalism has also extended its maximum violence to the environment. The environmental reality, not science fiction, is that with the onset of the Runaway Greenhouse Effect the Earth is now on course to become a burned out cinder like Venus! Only a Socialist Revolution can avert this catastrophe! It is our right and it is our duty to avert this catastrophe by ending the capitalist dictatorship in the United States through a Socialist Revolution.

The falsely labeled “Archaea” bacteria, tube worms, which have evolved to live at temperatures of up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and the hyperthermophilic bacteria, which have evolved to live at water temperatures of up to 239 degrees Fahrenheit will be the last life on Earth because of their ability to live at high temperatures.. (Incidentally, “Archaea” was falsely so-labeled in order to spread confusion in science and to try to undermine in one blow both Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and the irrefutable Primordial Soup Theory of Stanley Miller and Harold Urey of 1953, who demonstrated that the basic building blocks of life; amino acids, purines, pyrimidines and carboxylic acids can all be produced by running electrical sparks simulating lightning through the most-likely original reducing atmosphere of Earth composed of methane, ammonia, hydrogen and water vapor or steam. Later experiments by Miller demonstrated that the precise atmospheric mixture was not as important as the fact that it be a reducing atmosphere, meaning that it must contain NO oxygen, because the compounds necessary for life, namely amino acids, purines and pyrimidines and carboxylic acids (required for the synthesis of lipids) cannot be produced in an oxidizing atmosphere! In addition, it has been reported that Jeffrey L. Bada, who had been a graduate student of Stanley Miller and Adam P. Johnson a graduate student at Indiana University visiting Bada’s laboratory on an internship working with co-workers have discovered 22 amino acids in the original samples from the Stanley Miller-Urey experiments, including 10 that had not been previously reported. (The Miller Volcanic Spark Discharge Experiment, Adam P. Johnson, Daniel P. Glavin, Antonio Lazcano and Jeffrey L. Bada, Science, 17, October 2008. page 404, Vol. 322, no. 5900, DOI: 10.1126 science. 1161527). See also The New York Times, October 17, 2008. In a 1996 interview Stanley Miller also revealed that he had been able to produce pyridines and purines by creating more concentrated pre-biotic "dry beach" conditions, which would have been present in lakes lagoons and beaches on the primitive Earth. From that point, self-replicating RNA molecules are well known and have been extensively studied and described in the major media and peer review journals. And DNA clearly evolved from RNA. There is no crediblee dispute.

In 1969 a carbonaceous meteorite fell in Murchison Australia which had high concentrations of amino acids, about 100 ppm, found in the same pre-biotic experiments of Stanley Miller, proving that the early evolution of life is a constant which occurs throughout the universe given certain favorable conditions, NOT that life came to Earth from comets or asteroids from elsewhere—so called “Theory of Panspermia,” which is also fraudulently being passed off as a “theory of life.” Cosmic rays and the heat of entry into Earth’s atmosphere would have destroyed all life potentially surviving the near absolute zero temperature of interstellar or interplanetary space. The goal of these determined and deliberate falsifiers is to keep the masses confused on as many scientific matters and political matters as possible because a confused person cannot act! False analysis of one issue leads in turn to false analysis of another. In such a situation the masses are much more to think what they are told to think and to do what they are told to do by the capitalist dictatorship. Since 1969 incidentally numerous carbonaceous meteorites have revealed the presence of amino acids.

In response to the knowingly false claim that life supposedly “evolved” rather than adapted to live around submarine vents formed under the oceans where tectonic meet, for example the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, it is a fact that submarine vents don't make organic compounds, they decompose them! These vents are one of the limiting factors on what organic compounds would exist in the primitive oceans. At the present time, the entire ocean goes through those vents in 10 million years. So all of the organic compounds are destroyed every ten million years. That places a constraint on how much organic material could accumulate. In addition, it also provides a time scale for the origin of life. If all the polymers and other compounds that evolve are continuously destroyed that means life would have to start early and rapidly. Looking at the process in detail, it is clear that long periods of time would be detrimental, rather than helpful to this fraudulent, totally contrived and deliberately misleading so-called “theory” of the origin of life which was created, among other reactionary reasons (see below), in order to provide a false pretext for NASA to carry out extremely costly and entirely unnecessary and useless space ventures to outlying planetary satellites under the false pretext of “searching for life,” wherever there might be water discovered by spectral analysis for example, in order to keep their jobs and obtain continued government funding.

William H. Depperman, Coordinator
United Front Against Racism
And Capitalism-Imperialism
November 18, 2008

Posted by: WHD2 on November 18, 2008 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

"invest $15 billion each year to catalyze private sector efforts to build a clean energy future,"

This is pathetic. Why bother? Exxon alone makes $40 billion in profits. Creating a new energy future will take ten times that piddling amount, at least, and it can't come in the form of tweaking, pretty please Mr. Private Sector, take these piddling amounts and compete against the gas, coal and oil giants.

He needs to think big, and he's thinking don't rock the boat.

Posted by: hark on November 18, 2008 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, who organized the jailbreak from the state mental hospital and let William H. Depperman escape?


On Obama, I'm not sure cap-and-trade is enough. A carbon tax has more teeth, and the money could be dedicated toward research in carbon sequestration, etc.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on November 18, 2008 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

Ditto to what zeitgeist said, plus:

Based on Lieberman's recent record we can expect one of two things.

1) He will not use his position to perform the very necessary oversight functions it comes with.

2) Despite refusing to "play gotcha games" by investigating serious governmental failures and contractor fraud in post-Katrina recovery and Iraqi reconstruction efforts, he will do exactly that by holding hearings to second-guess every aspect of the Obama administrations conduct.

Note: there are ways to perform oversight without "playing gotcha", but Lieberman has demonstrated that he is unable or unwilling to make that distinction, thus he is the worst possible person for a Governmental Affairs committee chairman.

Posted by: tanstaafl on November 18, 2008 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

The world has been getting cooler since 1998. If there was global warming before that, it was caused by the sun.
First time I have visited this site this year.
Still a bunch of schmucks. Real assholes with shit for brians.
You people are pathetic.

Posted by: Terry on November 18, 2008 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Is it snowing in Washington DC?

Posted by: Sam on November 18, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

Are these posts being over-run by Repub trolls, or is everybody just that pathetic?

Let me copy in my response to the last post on Lieberman's Wrist Slap.

""Most posts seem very upset...conventional thinking here is Obama and Dems are weak.

But the Congress has a shit approval rating, much lower than even Bush. Congressional partisanship has stifled America's ability to get anything of importance accomplished in decades. While I dislike LIEberman, and fear he could still bite Dems in the ass, let's look at this.

Obama is being VERY SMART.

1. He's sending a clear message that change has come to politics. Getting shit done, not partisanship is now the order of business.

2. He's putting the onus of working to accomplish goals onto Republicans. By showing he's willing to extend a hand across the aisle, even with such a large majority, it will look bad on Republicans if they start subversively filibustering at every turn.

3. He's appealing to the center, which is not only where the majority of Americans are, it's where legislation gets made. Remember when REAL legislation got made? I can't. Partisanship has deadlocked this country for decades.""

Seems to me people need to Chill the Fuck Out. I don't give a shit about Lieberman's fate, I care about health care, global warming, getting the hell out of Iraq, fighting actual terrorism, etc.etc.etc.

Posted by: Palinoscopy on November 18, 2008 at 8:21 PM | PERMALINK



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