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Comment Re:Don't worry big media, the fix is in (Score 1) 463

To hire someone with experience in copyright law makes sense if Obama is going to try and control the online content of the Internet via Intellectual property arguments. What else is there that is concentrating the minds of the mainstream media these days? What is the obvious "quid pro quo" that the mainstream media can give Obama? Don't you understand that Murdoch is perfectly capable of arraying his media empire behind Obamas re-election campaign if it suits him? To put it another way, if he was going after the banksters, he would have hired someone with deep experience in financial fraud. ..And of course after this gig, Verrill goes right back to working for his law firm and representing the RIAA at a much higher rate.

Submission + - Noted Science Fiction Writer Arrest At U.S. Border 1

Bad Labrador writes: Dr. Peter Watts, noted science fiction writer of "Blindsight" was arrested while attempting to return from the U.S. to Canada. Entry from his blog:

"If you buy into the Many Worlds Intepretation of quantum physics, there must be a parallel universe in which I crossed the US/Canada border without incident last Tuesday. In some other dimension, I was not waved over by a cluster of border guards who swarmed my car like army ants for no apparent reason; or perhaps they did, and I simply kept my eyes downcast and refrained from asking questions.

Along some other timeline, I did not get out of the car to ask what was going on. I did not repeat that question when refused an answer and told to get back into the vehicle. In that other timeline I was not punched in the face, pepper-sprayed, shit-kicked, handcuffed, thrown wet and half-naked into a holding cell for three fucking hours, thrown into an even colder jail cell overnight, arraigned, and charged with assaulting a federal officer, all without access to legal representation (although they did try to get me to waive my Miranda rights. Twice.). Nor was I finally dumped across the border in shirtsleeves: computer seized, flash drive confiscated, even my fucking paper notepad withheld until they could find someone among their number literate enough to distinguish between handwritten notes on story ideas and, I suppose, nefarious terrorist plots. I was not left without my jacket in the face of Ontario’s first winter storm, after all buses and intercity shuttles had shut down for the night.

In some other universe I am warm and content and not looking at spending two years in jail for the crime of having been punched in the face.

But that is not this universe.

Stay tuned."

More details at his blog here:


Comment Bad Labrador (Score 1) 553

You have already found gravitational waves, you just don't know it. The Big Bang Theory is wrong and Einstein made a subtle mistake in labelling Minkowskis Four dimensional space time continuum as "superfluous erudition" and calling it merely "purely formal", and in his 1924 revised edition of "Relativity" he wrote of Minkowskis work: " It must be clear even to the non-mathematician that, as a consequence of this purely formal addition to our knowledge, the theory perforce gained clearness in no mean measure." Well it isn't "purely formal", but Einstein never understood that and Minkowskis died prematurely before he could explain the implications to his former pupil, one of which is that the radial recessionary velocity of distant galaxies is an artifact of curved spacetime and not evidence of an expanding universe. Alexander Franklin Mayer wised up and his written a book about it.: http://www.jaypritzker.org/pages/GetBook.html

Comment Re:Bad Labrador (Score 1) 102

The only evidence for expansion is that the further away a galaxy is from us, the more red shifted it is. Mayer/Minkowskis equations show that the red shift may be an artifact of curved space time and not a radial recessionary velocity at all. His equations appear to fit the observed data much better and explain such things as the Pioneer anomaly much better. If Mayer is correct, the Hubble constant measurements are merely measuring the change of timelines due to the curvature of spacetime. Needless to say, Mayer is not a popular man.

Comment Bad Labrador (Score 2, Interesting) 102

I've been following Alexander F Mayers work on Minkowski's (Einsteins Maths Teacher) space time mathematics which Einstein, who didn't understand them, called "superfluous erudition'. Mayer derives a model for the universe that does not require the universe to be expanding, let alone accelerating expansion, does not require "Dark matter" nor "Dark energy", that makes a damn sight more cosmological sense than the "Big Bang" and fits the current observations, much, much better, with no free variables like "quintessence". He makes a prediction for the LRO mission as well. http://www.jaypritzker.org/index.html

Submission + - Alternative To Big Bang Theory Published. (jaypritzker.org)

Bad Labrador writes: Alexander Franklin Mayer has just released the first print edition of his book "On The Geometry Of Time In Physics and Cosmology" it's available to read free online at his website. http://www.jaypritzker.org/index.html The key insight is that there is a better explanation of the observed Cosmological red shift than Edwin Hubbles "Big Bang" expanding universe theory and Mayer derives it from first principles from the work of Herman Minkowski(Einstein's Maths Teacher) and special relativity without the need for "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy". The key understanding is that Time is a local variable orthogonal to curved spacetime, and that the observed redshift is a function of distance in curved spacetime, not the radial recession of galaxies — the universe isn't expanding. As a large number of todays Physicists have staked there careers (as well as billions of taxpayers dollars) on the "Big Bang" model, one would like to think that Mayer's criticism and alternative model would be subject to detailed public scrutiny. I think Slashdot readers might like to be part of that process.

Comment Maybe Alexander Franklin Mayer Is Right? (Score 1) 418

Alexander Franklin Mayer (jaypritzker.org) posited that Einstein made a very small error in the Theory of Relativity that results in what he calls "gravitational transverse redshift". The implications being that the Universe is not expanding and that time is a local verticle (ie time is a local variable within the universe.) It explains a stack of anomalies (including the Pioneer anomaly) I have a sneaking suspicion that that these experiments, if their results are shown to be correct, will prove Mayer is correct. From memory Mayers calculation of the effect of Einstein's error is about 1 part in 45 million.

Submission + - New Meterite Causing Sickness in Andes.

Bad Labrador writes: A "strange" recently fallen meteorite is allegedly causing sickness in a Peruvian village in the Andes. Samples are being sent to Lima. [url]http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/09/18/2037082.htm?section=justin[/url] Could it be? Is it????

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