Monday, 14 May 2018 17:58

Bringing Ragnarok: On Metaphysics

One of my first challenges in establishing the plot and setting for Bringing Ragnarok was coming up with a creditable vision of metaphysics that addresses one of the biggest unanswered questions in modern science: how to make gravity and quantum theories play nice with one another. Despite the woo-woo nonsense that often gets associated with metaphysics in the popular press, (astrology, as an example, does have its own odd sort of metaphysics...) in point of fact coming up with a functioning metaphysical theory of the universe is a key starting point in all scientific activities. To actually do science, to…
It's pretty much old hat for a writer of genre fiction to acknowledge a debt to J.R.R. Tolkien. Few works of science fiction or fantasy have or will continue to endure as well as The Lord of the Rings. But the very reason why Tolkien's work endures, I am convinced, is the fact that he wasn't, in point of fact, writing genre fiction. He was writing mythology. These days, mythology has a bit of a bad name. A "myth", in common use, is a bad thing. A mistaken belief. A distraction from truth, which in our age of uncritical scientism…
Friday, 04 May 2018 11:44

Michelle Wolf = Awesomesauce

Michelle Wolf is basically my hero right now. For obvious reasons. America has a huge problem with cowardice in the media. Driven by the need to compete for advertising revenues, the contemporary American news media long ago made the choice to whore itself out to the lobbyists and politicians in D.C. Journalists get sanctimonious about their supposed role in "speaking truth to power", but few actually do in the United States. By and large, the US media engages less in reporting, and more in myth-making. So to see a comedian stand in front of a bunch of well-connected media types…
Thursday, 03 May 2018 18:18

Decolonization

So the other day I ran across this awesome website: Decolonize ALL The Things. And, happily, its companion: Decolonize ALL The Science. In the spirit of privilege-checking, I should point out that I am as white, male, hetero, cis..... basically, I'm as vanilla white dude as they come. Despite that, I firmly believe that the Decolonization movement is ridiculously important. Here's why. There is such a thing as 'Western' science. In fact, most science is 'Western', because despite the usual homilies about science being impartial and objective, concerned solely with facts and the proper methods used to generate them, science…
The United States of America is falling apart. It is taboo to say such a thing publicly, of course, because it is the truth - and a truth that threatens the established interests of the rich and powerful. They will naturally prefer to keep harping on the need for 'unity' - whatever that means, when the divisions between Americans are now so obvious and persistent - and focus public attention on the reality TV show now occupying the Oval Office. But the country is tearing itself apart, and the "delay-and-pray" tendencies evident in our power elite's handling of the situation…
Friday, 23 March 2018 16:51

The Coming American Assault on Iran

I'm convinced that, barring an accident, the US is not going to war with North Korea. The reason is simple: the US is not powerful enough to attack North Korea without the support of both South Korea and Japan. And because North Korea can cause mass civilian casualties in either, neither can accept the risk of war. When push comes to shove, they won't allow the US to use them as bases for a war of choice, just like Turkey and Saudi Arabia denied the US bases to attack Iraq in 2003. The North Korea crisis is all about administration's…
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:19

How Osama Bin Laden Defeated America

NOTE: I wrote this before Matt Taibbi published his latest in Rolling Stone, and am pleasantly surprised at the parallels between our arguments. Not that many people are likely to ever read mine, so I appreciate that someone with a helluva bigger audience is making similar points.But I'll go a step further than is probably *allowed* in the media these days: By the mid 21st Century, Americans will be looked at by most of the world in the same way Germans were viewed in much of the 20th. 8 or 9 billion people living in 2050 will wonder how Americans…
Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:39

Mission of the Pacific Freedom Party

  Mission of the Pacific Freedom PartyObjective Establish an Autonomous Federal Region empowered to govern the Pacific States of America under the authority of the Amended United States Constitution. Intent Amend the U.S. Constitution to allow groups of states the right to demand and receive full devolution of all powers currently vested in the Federal Government in Washington D.C. Purpose Pioneer a new Constitutional solution that undermines the sham of democracy perpetrated by elites of both major parties, who govern in the interest of the wealthy and well connected and not Americans as a whole. Rationale The Presidential election of…
Dear President Obama I am writing this open letter because I have an idea for saving America, but a basic prerequisite for it to have any sort of impact is the support of folks with a lot more pull than can be mustered by an autistic grad student in political science.  Who should be writing wonky, data-driven research papers about governance and development, not worrying about the future of America. Oh, and my greeting: I know I'm supposed to accept the legitimacy of the rancid tangerine that followed you into the Oval Office, but I just can't. As far as…
Friday, 08 September 2017 18:04

Calling Bullshit on America

Calling Bullshit on America Ten or so years ago, during a short stint on active duty with the United States Army, a group of medics taught me a phrase that has resonated ever since: “I call bullshit on the entire operation!” It's one of those timeless bits of military wisdom applicable to many, if not most, of the things soldiers are sent to do by their generals. For these particular soldiers it encapsulated their experience of one mission in particular. Two years into the occupation of Iraq, some brilliant mind somewhere in the Baghdad Green Zone decided that a Vietnam-style…